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DE Wildlife Action Plan2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan

Funds appropriated by Congress through the State Wildlife Grants program require states to demonstrate comprehensive wildlife conservation needs. This includes all species and all habitats. Delaware's Division of Fish & Wildlife is actively involved in this process and has created a Delaware Wildlife Action Plan to coordinate wildlife conservation practices in the 21st century.

2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan review and revisionCoastal Plain Seasonal Ponds provide habitat for uncommon amphibian species such as tiger salamanders (photo by John D. Willson)

DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife announces the launch of its 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan revision process. The Wildlife Action Plan is critical to helping Delaware fulfill its responsibility to conserve its abundant fish and wildlife and natural habitats for future generations. By Congressional State Wildlife Grant requirements, each state and territory must revise this comprehensive document every 10 years. The federal State Wildlife Grants program assists state fish and wildlife agencies with conservation of nongame species. To remain eligible for these funds, each state and territory must revise its Wildlife Action Plan every 10 years. Please see the DNREC press release announcing the 2015 revision to get more details and for information from some key members of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Delaware Wildlife Action Plan development team.

General comments, questions or concerns can be sent to If your message concerns a specific species or habitat, please have this indicated in the subject of the email.


Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Fact Sheet

Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Online Survey (For a printable PDF to email or fax CLICK HERE)

Delaware Wildlife Action Plan progress
2015 Draft SGCN List
The Delaware Wildlife Action Plan draft list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) is ready! Over the next year, experts will compile updated information on species and habitats to identify key actions needed to serve as a blueprint for statewide wildlife conservation actions. Below you'll find the draft SGCN list, sorted by and within taxonomic groups. Please use the table of contents hyperlinks to more easily navigate the list. Also, below are the SGCN Review and Response, which addresses a summarized series of SGCN criteria and list concerns, and the SGCN Process Description, so that you can identify how the list was formed.

Please send your comments or concerns to by Saturday, November 15, 2014 to be taken into consideration for the final SGCN list. Thank you for your interest and feedback!

Delaware Wildlife Action Plan kick-off meeting 
April 24, 2014  


Prior to group breakout sessions, the Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Revision Development team addresses approach and process for the eight elements of the state wildlife action plans. Here, Kevin Kalasz of DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlif, discusses element two: Key Habitats for the Species of Greatest Conservation Need for Delaware.


Wet stream valleys provide host plants for the rare Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.2005 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan

Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Document

Wildlife Habitat Classification Chart

Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Conservation Issues - view issues by individual wildlife species or habitats

How to Get Involved - conservation information and volunteer opportunities

History of Conservation

Blackbird-Millington Corridor - an example of a local conservation action plan


here to learn more about other state Wildlife Action Plans!
Bald eagles look for large trees in upland forests for nesting (eagle photo-USFWS).



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