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Wildlife Action Plan
Wisconsin's strategy for wildlife species of greatest conservation need
Wisconsin's wildlife action plan is a strategic approach to wildlife conservation. It was the result of a statewide effort to identify species of greatest conservation need (SGCN), and outlines priority conservation actions to protect species and their habitats. The plan encourages the involvement of all agencies, organizations and private individuals in taking action to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered and offers a proactive way to conserve wildlife and natural places for future generations.
Note: the information presented here comes from the 2005 Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan. The 2015 revision has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval. Our website content will be updated when the plan has been approved.
Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) have low and/or declining populations that are in need of conservation action. They include various birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (e.g. dragonflies, butterflies and freshwater mussels) that are:
- already listed as threatened or endangered;
- at risk because of threats to their life history needs or their habitats;
- stable in number in Wisconsin, but declining in adjacent states or nationally; and
- of unknown status in Wisconsin and suspected to be vulnerable.
Helping Wisconsin's wildlife
The plan outlines steps needed to conserve wildlife and habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect. The plan will:
- focus our effort to conserve species most at risk;
- save money by keeping species off the endangered/threatened list;
- stress the importance of protecting habitat; and
- build partnerships.