The State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is a strategic and cost-effective strategy for preserving the state's wildlife resources for the future. Recovering species that have reached threatened or endangered status is typically more costly than preventative actions that keep species populations from reaching such declines. Proactive management actions identified in the SWAP are intended to keep species from becoming threatened or endangered or to aid in the recovery of those that are already listed.
The Division of Fish & Wildlife has revised our 2005 Wildlife Action Plan as required by Congress to continue receiving federal State Wildlife Grants. More importantly, New Jersey's revised Plan will serve as a blueprint for conserving our wildlife heritage over the next decade. The Plan identifies priority actions that we, as a conservation community, can implement over the next five to ten years to address the myriad threats facing our wildlife populations and their habitats.
New Jersey's State Wildlife Action Plan (2018) was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July, 2018. The Plan was the work of the NJDFW with over 50 stakeholder organizations, and included input from the public review period in late 2017.
What is a State Wildlife Action Plan?
New Jersey's 2018 Plan identifies species of greatest conservation need in New Jersey, as well as 107 focal species that are of the highest conservation priority. We expect the revised SWAP to continue to provide a guide to actions that will protect our species of greatest conservation need.
What are State Wildlife Grants?
The entire plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/wap/pdf/wap_plan18.pdf (pdf, 34mb).