2015-2025 Mississippi STATE WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN - (SWAP) 

Each state fish and wildlife agency in the U.S., the territories and Puerto Rico has been charged by Congress with updating its State Wildlife Action Plan (formerly called the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy or CWCS) for their state or territory in 2015. The development of the original State Wildlife Action Plans in 2005 was a major milestone in fish and wildlife conservation. It marked the first time each state developed a plan that identified species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats and conservation actions needed to prevent endangered species listings and spur recovery. This plan is a requirement for states to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program.

Our agency is coordinating this effort for the state of Mississippi. The overall purpose of the SWAP is to provide a guide to effective and efficient long-term conservation of Mississippi's biological diversity as part of a nationwide effort. Our goal with the revision of  this science-based, landscape level plan is to make it more useable by resource managers, decision-makers, organizations, local, state and federal agencies and individuals working to keep common species common and to conserve rare species in Mississippi.
The final draft of the State Wildlife Action Plan was submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for their review on October 1, 2015. The final document will be posted upon approval.

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