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 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.
- Cover Pages
- Executive Summary
- Where the Eight Required Elements can be Found
- Table of Contents
- Chapter One: Introduction and Purpose
- Chapter Two: Massachusetts Landscape Perspective: A History of Land Use in Massachusetts
- Chapter Three: Issues Affecting Biodiversity file size 1MB
- Chapter Four: Overview of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife file size 4MB
- Chapter Five: Methodology and Approach
- Chapter Six: Key Species and Habitats in Greatest Need of Conservation file size 1MB
- Chapter Seven: Overview of Conservation Strategies
- Chapter Eight: Overview of Monitoring Species, Habitats, and Conservation Actions file size 1MB
- Chapter Nine: Conservation Strategies, by Habitat file size 4MB
- Chapter Ten: Species Summaries file size 14MB
- Chapter Eleven: Schedule of CWCS Review and Revision
- Appendix A: Massachusetts Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species file size 1MB
- Appendix B: Species Included in the BioMap Project
- Appendix C: Species Included in the Living Waters Project
- Appendix D: Land Acquisition Process
- Appendix E: MassWildlife Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)
- Appendix F: Abbreviations and Glossary
- Appendix G: Internet Links
Appendix H: Watershed Maps
- Blackstone file size 1MB
- Buzzards Bay file size 2MB
- Charles file size 1MB
- Chicopee file size 2MB
- Concord file size 1MB
- Connecticut file size 2MB
- Deerfield file size 1MB
- Housatonic file size 1MB
- Ipswich file size 1MB
- Millers file size 1MB
- Mt. Hope Bay
- Narragansett Bay
- Nashua file size 1MB
- North Coast file size 1MB
- Parker file size 1MB
- Quinebaug file size 1MB
- South Coastal file size 1MB
- Taunton file size 2MB
- Ten Mile
- Westfield file size 1MB
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