Wildlife Action Plan

To be eligible for the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program each state was first required to develop a Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) and submit it to the National Advisory Acceptance Team by October 2005. Each WAP was required to include eight elements (see link below) that detail the species and habitats covered, threats, conservation actions, procedures to review the Plan, and coordination with the public and other agencies. The primary focus of the WAP is Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), which are those species that are highest priority for conservation action, as determined by the state.

In Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was charged with completing the WAP. Development of the WAP was coordinated with other state agencies, federal agencies, conservation groups, universities, industry, and the general public. The goal of LDWF 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 Wildlife Action Plan 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. 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 was completed in 2015. The 2015 Louisiana WAP has received formal approval, and will be effective for the next 10 years. Significant changes and additions were made, compared to the 2005 WAP. This updated and expanded WAP includes 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. Furthermore, the list of SGCN now includes 345 species.

To learn more about the 2015 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan and to download PDFs of the chapters, please see the links below. If you would like more information about the Louisiana WAP, please contact WAP Coordinator Sam Holcomb (sholcomb@wlf.la.gov).

2015 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan

Each section of the 2015 Louisiana Wildlife Action Pla, including appendices, is available as a PDF below.

  1. Inside Cover Page
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Tables
  6. List of Figures
  7. Roadmap
  8. List of Acronyms
  9. Summary of Changes
  10. Chapter 1 – Introduction
  11. Chapter 2 – State Overview
  12. Chapter 3 – Approach
  13. Chapter 4 – SGCN Conservation
  14. Chapter 5 – Habitat Conservation
  15. Chapter 6 – Invasive Species
  16. Chapter 7 – Climate Change
  17. Chapter 8 – Conservation Opportunity Areas
  18. Chapter 9 – Research and Monitoring
  19. References

Appendices: