Common questions about the NH Wildlife Action Plan

What is the plan?
New Hampshire's Wildlife Action Plan prioritizes the state's wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation to safeguard our wildlife legacy. To qualify for new federal funding, each state had to create a plan. The plan has several required elements, but its focus is on "species in greatest need of conservation," and addressing the "full array of wildlife." The Plan was submitted to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Sevice on October 1, 2005 and approved in spring of 2006.

Why do we need the plan?
New Hampshire needs the Wildlife Action Plan so that there will be one collaboratively developed blueprint that everyone can look to for answers when wildlife and habitat-related decisions are being made. This will prevent re-work by various agencies, and help streamline and guide local communities in their own conservation planning efforts.

Who's involved?
N.H. Fish and Game coordinated the development of the plan and has thus far been leading its implementation. Major partners such as conservation organizations, agencies, researchers and many others have been essential to the plan. To ensure the plan's effectiveness, we continue to need input and implementation help from across the board -- biologists and ecologists, local, state and federal governments/agencies, conservation groups, business leaders, private landowners... and you!

What are the components of the plan?
The plan is big, big, big. To start, we worked to collect existing information about the state's wildlife and habitat, and incorporated the data (such as species occurrence records) into one huge, dynamic database and mapping system (known as a Geographic Information System or GIS). The plan contains profiles of N.H. wildlife species; profiles of important habitats; and strategies for conserving them. Fish and Game also integrated its 5-year "Big Game Management Plan" into the overall conservation plan, so that we have a full picture of wildlife and management activities in the state. Click here to see the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Eight Required Elements.

What have we done so far?
One of the most important things we've done is identifying species at risk: 105 N.H. species of conservation concern or management interest; 35 threatened or endangered species; and 70 species that have low or declining populations, and/or are indicative of at-risk habitats. We completed the GIS database and mapping (though it continues to be a work in progress), in addition to the species and habitat profiles. We also developed conservation strategies using the data and public input.

How is the planning process funded?
The comprehensive wildlife conservation planning process was funded by State Wildlife Grants (SWG), federal funds that go to states for wildlife and habitat research, monitoring and planning. Currently, in the plan's implementation phase, we must document a 50% match of non-federal funds or in-kind services.

Generally speaking, what are the intended outcomes of this planning process for New Hampshire?

The N.H. Fish and Game Comprehensive Planning Team established five desired outcomes of the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Planning process:

  1. An informed citizenry that is aware of New Hampshire's wildlife diversity and its contribution to the environmental, economic and social fabric of the state and that actively supports wildlife conservation.
  2. An informed network of partners actively prepared to engage in implementing key conservation strategies and actions that protect the state's wildlife diversity.
  3. A dynamic and adaptable GIS-based blueprint of New Hampshire's significant wildlife habitats that support species in greatest need for conservation and the full array of wildlife diversity.
  4. A suite of conservation strategies that considers biological, social and economic factors and opportunities to conserve the wildlife species in greatest need of conservation and the full array of wildlife.
  5. A dynamic and adaptable GIS-based wildlife data management system that contains all known wildlife occurrences and habitat polygons and that can be augmented continually with new data and queried by ecoregion, conservation land, habitat type, and species to monitor our progress in conserving wildlife.

Return to N.H. Wildlife Action Plan page


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