Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan unites natural resource agencies, sportsmen, conservationists, and citizens in a common vision for the conservation of the Commonwealth's wildlife and the habitats in which they live. The Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan that is required for continued funding through the State Wildlife Grant Program, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It also helps prioritize actions and spending for the greatest benefit.
Virginia's Plan identifies 925 species of greatest conservation need, which represent a broad array of wildlife, and it focuses on the habitats that support these species, such as caves, high-elevation forests, coastal marshes, barrier islands, grasslands, small headwater streams, vernal pools, and many others. Perhaps most important, the Plan identifies tasks needed to conserve these species and habitats on a regional basis. Not only do many of these actions include on-the-ground activities, but they also include enhancing partnerships and increasing public awareness. This Plan focuses on the species and habitats of greatest conservation need, but it is also a plan for the conservation of all Virginia's wildlife. It will take active participation by all Virginians to effectively implement its actions. The work of conserving wildlife can be challenging, but it is possible, and this Plan provides the needed direction.