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SWAP Revision Guidance & Best Practices
State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) Revision Guidance
Congress requires that states review and revise their state wildlife action plans (SWAPs) at least every 10 years. In 2007, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) provided guidance for reviewing and revising SWAPs.
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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs)
The Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs): Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation report provides best practices for meeting the Eight Required Elements and prioritizing species and conservation actions. The best practices may be used voluntarily by states who aspire to improve conservation work and create greater consistency across SWAPs, thereby making them more relevant to partners and large landscape-level efforts.
2013 National State Wildlife Action Plan MeetingThe National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, & AFWA hosted “Connect, Collaborate, and Conserve in an Era of Changing Landscapes: An Interactive Training on State Wildlife Action Plans” on June 4-6, 2013. The purpose was to bring together state, federal, and private partners to work toward revising State Wildlife Action Plans to be the foundation for landscape-level wildlife conservation actions, and building political and public support for funding State Wildlife Action Plan implementation.
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Resources for Meeting the 8 Required Elements for the 2015 SWAP Revision Deadline
Congress identified eight required elements to be addressed in each state’s wildlife action plan. Congress also directed that the plans must identify and be focused on the species in greatest need of conservation yet address the full array of wildlife and wildlife-related issues.
(1) Required Element #1: Species - Information on the distribution and abundance of species of wildlife, including low and declining populations as the state fish and wildlife agency deems appropriate, that are indicative of the diversity and health of the state’s wildlife; and,
(2) Required Element # 2: Habitats - Descriptions of extent and condition of habitats and community types essential to conservation of species identified in (1); and,
(3) Required Element # 3: Threats - Descriptions of problems which may adversely affect species identified in (1) or their habitats, and priority research and survey efforts needed to identify factors which may assist in restoration and improved conservation of these species and habitats; and,
(4) Required Element # 4: Conservation Actions - Descriptions of conservation actions proposed to conserve the identified species and habitats and priorities for implementing such actions; and,
(5) Required Element # 5: Monitoring Species & Effectiveness - Proposed plans for monitoring species identified in (1) and their habitats, for monitoring the effectiveness of the conservation actions proposed in (4), and for adapting these conservation actions to respond appropriately to new information or changing conditions; and,
(6) Required Element # 6: Review & Revision - Descriptions of procedures to review the plan at intervals not to exceed ten years; and,
(7) Required Element # 7: Partnerships with Land Management Agencies & Tribes - Plans for coordinating the development, implementation, review, and revision of the plan with federal, state, and local agencies and Indian tribes that manage significant land and water areas within the state or administer programs that significantly affect the conservation of identified species and habitats.
(8) Required Element # 8: Public Participation - Broad public participation is an essential element of developing and implementing these plans, the projects that are carried out while these plans are developed, and the species in greatest need of conservation.
|Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans.pdf||4.32 MB|
|SWAP Best Practices Working Group Charter.docx||27.75 KB|
|National Advisory Acceptance Team (NAAT) Sub-elements||714.73 KB|