To be eligible for the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program each state was required to develop a Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) and submit it to the National Advisory Acceptance Team (composed of staff from the states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) by October 2005.Each Plan was required to include eight elements that detail the species and habitats covered, the conservation actions proposed, procedures to review the Plan, and coordination with the public and other agencies.
In Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was charged with completing the state WAP. Development of the WAP was coordinated with other state agencies, federal agencies, conservation groups, universities, industry, and the general public. LDWF's goal was to develop a strategy which reflected the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders throughout the state who understood the threats facing the diverse fish and wildlife species of Louisiana.
The Louisiana WAP was approved in December 2005 and became the roadmap for the utilization of SWG funds. The Louisiana WAP was intended to be a living document that would change as conservation priorities shift or as new threats to Louisiana’s wildlife are identified. It should be noted that the WAP is not a regulatory document, a land use plan, a land acquisition plan, or a threatened/endangered species plan.
The 2005 Louisiana WAP identifies 240 species of concern, and details threats to these species, as well as strategies for conserving them. Additionally, the WAP provides detailed information on 38 terrestrial habitats, 12 aquatic basins, and 5 marine habitats that are critical to the conservation of the species of concern identified in the WAP. Threats to each of these habitats are discussed, and conservation strategies are presented
To ensure that the WAP remains relevant, it must be fully reviewed and revised every 10 years. The first review and revision of the Louisiana WAP must be completed by October 2015, and this effort is currently underway. The draft 2015 Louisiana WAP is now available for review and comment, and will be available until August 1, 2015. Significant revisions have been made to the SWAP, including a comprehensive approach to invasive species, information on the potential impacts of climate change, and the identification of priority areas for SGCN conservation, known as Conservation Opportunity Areas.
To learn more about the draft 2015 Louisiana WAP and to download PDFs of the document chapters, please see the links below. If you would like more information about the Louisiana WAP revision that is currently underway, please contact SWG Coordinator Sam Holcomb (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Draft 2015 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan
Each chapter of the draft revised Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan is available as a PDF below, along with appendices. Please do not comment on formatting, as the entire WAP will be reformatted prior to finalization.
Chapter 5 – Habitat Conservation
Chapter 8 – Conservation Opportunity Areas
- Appendix A – Louisiana State Wildlife Grant Projects
- Appendix B – Wildlife Action Plan Committees
- Appendix C – Federal and State Agencies and NGOs Invited to Participate
- Appendix D – Explanations of S-Ranks and G-Ranks
- Appendix E – Respondents to Request for Input
- Appendix F – Standard Threats Lexicon
- Appendix G – 2015 SGCN List
- Appendix H – List of Habitats
- Appendix I – CCVI Scores for Louisiana SGCN
- Appendix J – Wildlife Tracs Actions and Outputs