State Wildlife Action Plans

Summary

State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) are assessments of the wildlife and habitats in need of conservation action by each state. Congress mandated the states create SWAPs every ten years beginning in 2005 and are the way states receive funding from the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. Each SWAP contains a list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) as determined by that state. USGS was asked by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to integrate the SGCN lists into a national list to see a national picture of SGCNs.

Guide to collection contents

  • Items in the collection with titles and dates for 2005 come from a process that examined each State Wildlife Action Plan and extracted species names into a simple data format. The attached files on 2005 items are the result of that process that are loaded into an integrated database.
  • Items in the collection with titles and dates for 2015 come from a process where the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) requested the states to fill out a spreadsheet template with their Species of Greatest Conservation Need in 2015 and provide it to the USGS for integration and taxonomic alignment.
  • This collection item contains two file attachments that combined all state lists in 2005 and 2015 for loading into the database and application programming interface used to drive the SWAP/SGCN application.

 

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