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DE Wildlife Action Plan 
Delaware Wildlife Action Plan


Though small in size, Delaware is rich in natural treasures. From the coastal beaches and dunes to freshwater wetlands and upland forests, the First State harbors a bounty of wildlife and habitats.


Coastal Plain Seasonal Ponds provide habitat for uncommon amphibian species such as tiger salamanders (photo by John D. Willson)Funds appropriated by Congress through the State Wildlfie 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 DE Wildlife Action Plan Review and Revision

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announces the launch of its 2015 Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) revision process. This WAP 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 (SWG) requirements, each state and territory must revise this comprehensive document every ten 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 State Wildlife Action Plan every ten years.  

In coordination with wildlife experts and stakeholders from throughout the state NE region, DE DFW will work to develop a comprehensive management plan that will provide Delaware wildlife conservation direction through another decade.

Aiding in the effectiveness of this process, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has engaged a conservation and communication consultant (Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.).

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)

DE WAP Progress
2015 Draft SGCN List
The DEWAP 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 Sunday, November 1, 2014 to be taken into consideration for the final SGCN list. Thank you for your interest and feedback!

DE WAP Kick Off Meeting 
April 24, 2014  


Prior to group breakout sessions, the DE WAP Revision Development team addresses approach and process for the eight elements of the state wildlife action plans. Here, Kevin Kalasz of DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife, 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 DE 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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