Vermont's Wildlife Action Plan provides a blueprint for fish and wildlife conservation for everyone from state and federal agencies to conservation and sportsmen's organizations to municipalities to landowners.
A proactive examination of the health of Vermont's wildlife, the Wildlife Action Plan is chock-full of actions designed to conserve species and habitats before they become more rare and more costly to protect.
Why Revise the Wildlife Action Plan?
Vermont's first Wildlife Action Plan was created in 2005. Congress requires that each state revise its Action Plan at least every 10 years in order to remain eligible for State Wildlife Grants (SWG) funds. SWG funds are earmarked for the conservation of critical habitats and Species of Greatest Conservation Need (species with unmet or under-funded conservation needs).
2015 Revision Goals & Highlights
- Renew a vision for fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont
- Update the list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need
- Better address emerging issues and threats, including climate change, pollinator declines and fish and wildlife diseases
- Provide a comprehensive landscape focus to conservation actions
- Make the Wildlife Action Plan more accessible to municipal partners
- Provide an accounting of accomplishments in the implementation of the 2005 Wildlife Action Plan