Background of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

With the passage of federal legislation in 2001, a grant program was created to provide federal dollars administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for states to support conservation efforts aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered. In order for states to continue to receive this funding, Congress has required that each state prepare a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) now known as Wildlife Action Plans.

The Massachusetts Wildlife Action Plan pdf format of mass-cwcs-final.pdf
file size 55MB uses a habitat-based approach, linking types of wildlife in greatest need of conservation to critical habitats that are essential for the survival of the species. The following elements are included in the plan's strategy:

  • Identification, distribution and abundance of key habitats and species
  • Descriptions, location and relative conditions of those habitats and community types essential to the conservation of key species
  • Problems affecting key species and habitats
  • Suggested conservation actions to conserve these key species and habitats; and
  • Monitoring procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed conservation actions

MassWildlife Action Plan Outline

For ease of viewing or downloading, we recommend clicking on individual Plan chapters below. All chapters and appendices are in PDF format and require the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.