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State Wildlife Action Plan

2015 RI WAP Process

2015 RI WAP Document Progress

Partnership Approach

Stakeholder & Public Participation

State and Tribal Wildlife Grants

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2005 RI WAP Website
 
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2015 Wildlife Action Plan Revision

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How You Can Help...
Your input is vital to the RI WAP's development.
Please send comments to:
riwildlifeactionplan@yahoo.com

Please take the survey, and fax it to 401-222-2591.

Click here for the latest News & Announcements for the 2015 RI WAP Revision

Overview

In 2005, Rhode Island's first-ever Wildlife Action Plan (RI WAP) (formerly Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy; CWCS) was adopted by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) and approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It was part of an unprecedented national framework of similar plans developed by every US state and territory that together presented a national action agenda for preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.

The RI WAP enhances efforts to conserve Rhode Island's fish, wildlife and habitats not only through its planning and implementation, but also via the funds that become available upon its completion. Rhode Island is home to almost 900 vertebrate wildlife species and 20,000 invertebrates spanning from the scenic coastline to upland and wetland forests. Included in this natural diversity are a suite of mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian, fish and invertebrate species that the State has identified as in greatest conservation need.

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program was created by Congress in 2000 to address the longstanding need to fund actions to conserve declining fish and wildlife species before they become threatened or endangered. It is the core federal program for preventing future endangered species listings.

In accordance with the SWG legislation, each state must complete a State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) every 10 years to be eligible for matching grants. RI's original 2005 WAP will be revised by 2015. These proactive plans assess the health of each state's wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline actions needed to conserve them over the long term. Benefits that the RI WAP brings to the state include:
  • A comprehensive approach to wildlife conservation
  • Millions of $ in matching funds for research grants supporting conservation of non-game species and their habitats.
  • New local and regional partnerships
  • New local and regional support
Through this effort, RI DEM hopes to fund priority conservation efforts statewide and maintain RI's diverse natural landscape for its citizens and wildlife.

2005 Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan (formerly CWCS)
Eight Required Elements of a SWAP
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) SWAP overview
AFWA Teaming With Wildlife Program - SWAP Overview

2015 RI WAP Revision Process

By 2015, all states are required to update their original Wildlife Action Plans. RI DEM, with the assistance of the RI Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the University of Rhode Island, is one of the first states to forge ahead towards its revision, which aims to:
  • Reassess priority species and habitats, and provide more detailed mapping of priority conservation areas.
  • Analyze threats affecting these fish and wildlife, including those posed from habitat loss, degradation, population growth, and climate change.
  • Outline a number of conservation actions to address or alleviate these threats and help effectively conserve Rhode Island's valuable wildlife resources.
Over the next two years, RI DEM will work with wildlife experts from throughout the state and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to provide direction and coordination of wildlife conservation efforts over the coming decade. RI DEM has also secured the assistance of a conservation and communication consultant (Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.) to develop an effective plan and process.

2015 RI WAP Timeline
2015 RI WAP Fact Sheet
2015 RI WAP Overview Presentation
2015 RI WAP Poster

2015 RI WAP Document Progress

As progress is made towards the 2015 RI WAP finalization, completed portions of the document will be made available. A Partnership Approach

For the 2015 RI WAP Revision, a strong and unique partnership has been formed between the RI DEM and the Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to leverage financial resources and staff expertise. This effort was further enhanced by the University of Rhode Island which is also providing project and technical assistance as a key member of the core team.

To support this collaboration, an organizational structure was created consisting of a: to appropriately guide the project towards completion and provide the necessary planning and technical expertise.

Engaging partners up front in the revision process fosters an inclusive and transparent process, ownership, and buy-in, promoting future support from those partners in RI WAP implementation and funding.

Engaging Stakeholder and Public Participation

As part of the 2015 RI WAP revision process, RI DEM is soliciting input from key local, state, and regional stakeholder entities and the public. Engaging stakeholders and the public is a priority, to foster an inclusive and transparent process, create shared ownership of the plan, and produce a plan that adequately reflects their values.

Broad public and stakeholder input will be requested and is welcome throughout the RI WAP revision process. Opportunities will range from Scientific Review Workshops to solicit technical expertise; to meetings with local planners, municipalities, conservation groups, and land trusts; to opportunities for the general public to provide feedback and input on the draft report.

Your participation is valuable to this process! Comments on the RI Wildlife Action Plan can be sent to riwildlifeactionplan@yahoo.com.

  • January 2013 Scientific Review Workshop – Species and Habitats

    In January 2013 RI DEM along with the RI Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the University of Rhode Island held its first Scientific Review Workshop to elicit expert stakeholder feedback on the draft list of priority conservation targets - Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Key Habitat - which will be the foundation for the SWAP's development. The successful workshop also provided the opportunity to inform participants of the RI WAP process, including activities to-date and moving forward.

    Invitees included individuals from the US EPA, US FWS, NOAA, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Bay, The RI Land Trust Council, University of Rhode Island, and other public, non-profit, academic, and private entities.

    January 2013 Scientific Review Workshop Agenda
  • March 2013 Scientific Review Workshop – Threats and Conservation Actions

    In March 2013, RI DEM along with the RI Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the University of Rhode Island held its second Scientific Review Workshop to solicit expert input on the draft lists of threats to RI's Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Key Habitats, as well as conservation actions needed to address those threats. The workshop also provided the opportunity to update participants on the RI WAP process, including activities to-date and moving forward.

    Invitees included individuals from the US EPA, US FWS, NOAA, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Bay, The RI Land Trust Council, University of Rhode Island, and other public, non-profit, academic, and private entities.

    March 2013 Scientific Review Workshop Agenda
  • How You Can Get Involved

    The RI WAP revision is an opportunity for you to help shape the direction of wildlife conservation in the State! As we coordinate the best scientific data for the plan, lend your experiences, expertise, and ideas. Please send your comments to riwildlifeactionplan@yahoo.com.

    A draft report will be available for public comment in late 2014. Please check back for more updates and information!
State and Tribal Wildlife Grants

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program was created by Congress in 2000 to address the longstanding need to fund actions to conserve declining fish and wildlife species before they become threatened or endangered. It is the core federal program for preventing future endangered species listings.

US Fish & Wildlife Service - State Wildlife Grant Program Overview
US Fish & Wildlife Service - Tribal Wildlife Grant Program Overview
AFWA Teaming with Wildlife Program - State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program
State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program: 10 Years of Success

Information will be added to this site throughout the 2015 RI WAP revision process.
Please check back for updates!


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