Provide Input to the CT State Wildlife Action Plan

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A State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) identifies species of greatest conservation need, their affiliated habitats, and the threats they face. The SWAP then prioritizes conservation actions and research needs to address problems facing these species and habitats. Creating a SWAP that is approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows various organizations to apply for specific federal funding to implement conservation actions outlined in the Plan. Connecticut completed its first State Wildlife Action Plan in 2005 (then called a Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy), revised it in 2015, and with 2025 rapidly approaching, DEEP is now in the process of revising it again to set the framework for conservation until 2035.

Learn about the history of the CT Wildlife Action Plan.

Connecticut's State Wildlife Action Plan

The intent of the CT Wildlife Action Plan is to provide guidance and vision for wildlife conservation in Connecticut. Accordingly, the plan:

  1. Addresses the broad array of all fish, mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, plant, and invertebrate species.
  2. Addresses the species in greatest need of conservation and their habitats.
  3. Identifies actions needed to maintain species diversity and keep common species common.
  4. Builds upon past efforts to help wildlife species.
  5. Encourages participation and partnerships with conservation organizations at local, state, and regional levels to enhance opportunities for implementation of actions to help wildlife.

How You Can Get Involved!

Since November 2023, CT DEEP has been posting forms on this website to get your thoughts on each aspect of the State Wildlife Action Plan. We have already collected initial public input on which species should be listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need for 2025. Connecticut's wildlife and plant experts have considered this input, and a draft list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need for 2025 is now available. Please select this link to view the draft list and provide feedback!

In the coming months, CT DEEP will be looking for more feedback from you on habitats, threats, and conservation actions for these species. You will also have an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the entire process – from start to finish – including on draft chapters and the completed draft in 2025.

You can also spread the word about our State Wildlife Action Plan and all the species and habitats it protects! Feel free to share our CT SWAP Info Sheet.

Content last updated on April 12, 2024.