The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife has created a Delaware Wildlife Action Plan to coordinate wildlife conservation practices in the 21st century.
Funds appropriated by Congress through the State Wildlife Grants program require states to demonstrate comprehensive wildlife conservation needs. “Comprehensive” includes all species and all habitats.
The federal State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program assists state fish and wildlife agencies with conservation of all wildlife species and the habitats they rely on. By Congressional SWG requirements, each state and territory must revise this comprehensive document every 10 years to remain eligible for these funds.
After a nearly three-year process involving various stakeholders and species experts, Delaware’s 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Delaware Wildlife Action Plan is critical to helping Delaware fulfill its responsibility to conserve its abundant fish and wildlife and natural habitats for future generations and keeping common species common.
You can download the Entire Document as a ZIP file (Note: this file is about 30 MB), a Fact Sheet, an Executive Summary or individual chapters and appendices (Table of Contents).
Chapter 1: Delaware’s Wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Chapter 2: Delaware’s Wildlife Habitats
Chapter 3: Issues Affecting SGCN and Key Habitats in Delaware
Chapter 4: Conservation Actions to Address the Key Issues Facing Delaware’s SGCN and their Habitats
Chapter 5: Monitoring, Review and Revision
Chapter 6: Outreach and Coordination
Appendix 1.A: SGCN List by Ecological Group
Appendix 1.B: SGCN List, Alphabetical with Criteria Met
Appendix 1.C: Additions and Removals to SGCN List
Appendix 1.D: Data Sources Consulted
Appendix 2.A: Delaware Wildlife Habitat Classification
Appendix 2.B: Habitat Crosswalk, 2007-2015
Appendix 2.C: Species-Habitat Associations
Appendix 2.D: Scientific Names of Plant Species
Appendix 3: TRACS Conservation Actions and Ranking Criteria
Appendix 4: IUCN Conservation Issues and Ranking Criteria
Appendix 5: Compilation of Existing Monitoring Programs
Appendix 6: Outreach and Coordination
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