New Jersey Wildlife Action Plan
MOST RECENT VERSION OF THE WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN
The most recent version of NJ's Plan is dated January 23, 2008. To review a list of the revisions made between the prior posted version (February 16, 2007) and the most recent version, please review the "Summary of Revisions to the Wildlife Action Plan" linked below.
UPDATE & UPCOMING REVISIONS
The NJ Wildlife Action Plan (Plan) continues to be revised and refined for clarification and enhancement to ensure necessary conservation objectives are not overlooked. As such, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) staff, in cooperation with many local leaders and stakeholders, has revised NJ's Plan, dated January 23, 2008. Before reading or printing this document, please see "Helpful Hints" below.
The DFW will continue to modify the Plan. We are currently working with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and urban stakeholders to refine the conservation needs of wildlife and their habitats in NJ's urban landscapes. While urban areas are addressed in the current Plan, the actions are embedded, difficult for interested parties to locate, and do not fully address the needs of our urban landscapes. We hope to incorporate these needs in 2010.
In addition, per the Atlantic Coastal Regional Landscape stakeholders' meeting, we have been working to separate the Ocean Conservation Zone from the Atlantic Coastal Regional Landscape to create a sixth region, a "seascape." This new section will include all of the information currently found within the Ocean Conservation Zone, but will also include the results from the 2006 Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Workshop.
It is also expected that in late 2009 the tables identifying wildlife species of greatest conservation need will be revised adding species and changing the status of others.
Before you print or read the Plan, please read this section!
The Plan has been written in a repetitive format so those interested in implementing conservation practices in localized areas need not review the entire document. For these readers, it is important to read/review three main sections including the Overview, the introduction to the appropriate regional landscape, and the conservation zone(s) of interest.
The Overview provides important information regarding the development of the Plan and the overarching conservation objectives statewide, including state-wide priority objectives (goals) and actions (strategies).
The introduction to the region of interest will help provide insight into the wildlife species and their habitats that are dependent upon your region in addition to the threats that persist.
Finally, the conservation zone(s) of interest provide(s) more specific information regarding local goals and actions to achieve those goals.
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) staff, with help from the general public, the state's conservation groups and other stakeholders, has developed a blueprint for the future conservation of our state's species of greatest conservation need. This blueprint is called the Wildlife Action Plan (formerly referred to as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy). In order to qualify for federal funding under the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program, each state was required to submit a Wildlife Action Plan to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by October 1, 2005.
Initially the SWG program provided 3:1 matching federal funds to states for research and planning projects that target the conservation of species that are endangered, threatened, rare or have special conservation needs. However, as our State moves into the implementation phase of the Wildlife Action Plan and Management projects that focus on these species, work is funded at a 2:1 level under the program. New Jersey now receives approximately $1 - 1.2 million dollars in SWG funding each year. Former Acting Governor Richard J. Codey signed legislation that provides an annual appropriation to help meet the state-match required under the federal program. These funds, in addition to in-kind services, volunteer time and donations received through the NJ Tax Check-Off for Wildlife and Conserve Wildlife license plate sales, help insure that New Jersey can continue to qualify for future SWG funding.
The New Jersey Wildlife Action Plan (Plan) was submitted to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on October 1, 2005, and received conditional approval due to a limited public comment period. The DFW extended the public comment period into January 2006, incorporating recommendations made by the public, stakeholders, and internal reviews, resubmitted the document (dated 07/26/06) to the USFWS on August 4, 2006, for final approval, and continues to refine the Plan as it is a living (or dynamic) document.
The Plan lays the foundation for better coordination of wildlife research and management among programs within the Division of Fish and Wildlife, state and federal agencies and many partners in the conservation community. The conservation strategies from states throughout the nation will collectively provide a strong argument to Congress to work toward providing a stable and permanent funding source for rare-species conservation.
EIGHT (8) REQUIRED ELEMENTS of the WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN
1. Information on the distribution and abundance of species of wildlife
MORE INFORMATION on the WAP and SWG
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' (AFWA, formerly known as the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies) "Teaming With Wildlife Committee" is leading the push for permanent federal funding for the conservation of rare and nongame species. Teaming With Wildlife is a coalition of more than 3000 organizations that are working to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered by supporting increased federal funding for state-level wildlife conservation.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, founded in 1902, represents the government agencies responsible for North America's fish and wildlife resources. AFWA applies expertise in science, policy, economics and coalition-building to serve its members as a national and international voice on a broad array of wildlife and conservation issues.
REVIEW and COMMENT on the WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN
An array of partners, including other government agencies, conservation groups, private landowners and other members of the public, helped develop the Plan. Since the Plan is considered a dynamic document, the DFW will be accepting public comments on a continual basis on the most current version posted on this website. The Plan may undergo minor revisions to refine conservation goals and strategies. NJ's citizens are encouraged to review the Plan and provide the DFW with comments and recommendations for revisions and improvements to the Plan.