Wyoming State Wildlife Action Plan available online
by Wyoming Game & Fish
June 6, 2011
Wildlife conservationists, policy-makers, and the general public can follow along with Wyoming’s State Wildlife Action Plan, or SWAP, through a free e-newsletter offered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Developed in 2005, Wyoming’s SWAP was designed as a long-term, proactive strategy to maintain the health and diversity of Wyoming’s species of greatest conservation need and avoid the need for future listings under the Endangered Species Act.
The SWAP e-newsletter is issued quarterly and is offered free of charge to all interested parties. The latest issue explores the long term impacts of the bark beetle epidemic along with an article about research to help understand the potential impacts of energy development. Also featured are the latest surveys involving Wyoming reptiles and amphibians. To view the newsletter, go to the WGFD website http://gf.state.wy.us. Click on the State Wildlife Action Plan in the What’s New section and click on SWAP Newsletter to view the latest and previous issues.
The SWAP process involves identifying species and habitats in Wyoming that may require special attention. Implementation of the plan will increase the chance of successful conservation of these species while decreasing the costs of future recovery actions.
"Wyoming’s wildlife occupies habitats that cross land ownership boundaries," says SWAP coordinator Glenn Pauley. "The Game and Fish wants cooperation and support from a wide variety of industries and landowners to accomplish a goal as broad as conserving Wyoming’s species of greatest conservation need. Other government agencies and non-profit organizations possess wildlife expertise and have the resources to invest in wildlife and habitat conservation projects."