State wildlife action plans outline the steps that are needed to conserve wildlife and habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect. Taken as a whole, they present a national action agenda for preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.

In Action

Holding the line on invasive mussels in Oregon

Poorly Planned Development in Vermont
Invasive quagga mussels/CA DFG

The Oregon Conservation Strategy identifies invasive species as a key issue of concern. Today, Oregon is attempting to hold the line against destructive quagga mussels that are spreading across the country. States infested with invasive mussels spend millions of dollars each year to keep water systems unclogged and ecosystems balanced.

Experts believe if quaggas enter Oregon, it will be by boat or houseboat so the Marine Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, invasive species groups, and others are mobilizing resources to protect Oregon’s freshwaters from what would be a costly management effort. Workshops, boat washing demonstrations, and media events are being used to spread the word. Recently, monitoring efforts paid off with the early detection and quarantine of a quagga-infested boat. Prevention, early detection and swift action will help protect native fish and wildlife from invasive species, before more costly measures are needed.

NEW-Climate Change Guidance Document
Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans

State Wildlife Action Plans Summary Report (.pdf, 3 MB)

Fact Sheet: State Wildlife Action Plans Overview (.pdf, 46 KB)

State Wildlife Action Plans: From Vision to On-The-Ground Action Report

State Wildlife Action Plans "One Year Later" Meeting
July 30 - August 2, 2006