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Public comment period

Although the public comment period on the draft plans is now closed, we still invite you to send us your ideas and suggestions as we look forward to carrying out the plans.

Send comments on the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan to:

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Contact information
For more information on these plans, contact:
Shari Koslowsky
Wildlife Action Plan coordinator
Carol Bentzler
Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Plan

Planning for the future

Together with many partners, the department maintains two plans that help guide the conservation and management of Wisconsin’s fish, wildlife and their habitats. Keeping these natural resources healthy for future generations requires ongoing planning and implementation of strategies and actions. These two plans – the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan (FW&HMP) and the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan (WWAP) – help us to maximize our investments to preserve the diversity and enjoyment of our state’s natural heritage.

Cedarburg Bog

Wisconsin citizens are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of exceptional natural resources. Our prairies, wetlands, streams and forests have a lot to offer, like: diverse native plant populations; habitat for fish and wildlife; hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife watching opportunities. Cedarburg Bog, photo © Josh Mayer.

The Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan is required to be eligible to receive funding under the federal Sport Fish Restoration Act and Wildlife Restoration Act grant programs. The primary purpose of the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan is to provide guidance and direction regarding the use of grant funds and required state matching funds under these two grant programs. The Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan is used by the Department to establish direction for its sport fish, wild bird and wild mammal conservation, management and recreation programs. It recognizes environmental and demographic trends that signal current and future challenges and opportunities for these programs and translates them into goals, objectives and strategies.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan is required to continue receiving federal State Wildlife Grant funds for rare or declining populations of native animals referred to as "species of greatest conservation need" (SGCN). Funds must be used to benefit SGCN and their habitats as described in each state’s plan. As the challenges facing animals and habitats have grown, the Plan has evolved beyond a prerequisite for funding to also serve as a reference and menu of voluntary actions for a broad range of organizations conserving and sustaining rare animal species and natural places in our state. The WWAP describes native wildlife with low or declining populations and their habitats; conservation actions to address them; measures to monitor species, habitats and the effectiveness of actions; and continued collaboration with stakeholders and partners.

Status of the plans

A draft of the WWAP and the FW&HMP were placed online for public comment for 33 days from July 28 – August 30, 2015. Your feedback on the draft plans [PDF]

The plans were presented to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board at its meeting on September 23, 2015. The FW&HMP was approved in full and the WWAP was approved with amendments.

Watch the webcast and read the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board briefs of action of the Department’s presentation, public comment and ensuing Board discussion.

With the NRB approval, the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan is in final form available and ready for implementation. Although the FW&HMP is effective until 2025, the Department submits annual reports to USFWS that describe the use of Sport Fish Restoration Act and Wildlife Restoration Act funds to carry out projects that implement the strategies described in the FW&HMP. Annual reports also document project outcomes and how well they reach the goals and objectives of the FW&HMP.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan must be approved by the USFWS before it becomes final. The NRB-approved WWAP was submitted to the USFWS on September 30, 2015. Finalization of the WWAP is anticipated in early 2016. In the meantime, the current WWAP is still available online and the draft updated WWAP is available below.

Draft Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan

This draft was submitted to USFWS on September 30, 2015.

Last revised: Wednesday January 06 2016