Wyoming's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is a comprehensive strategy to maintain the health and diversity of wildlife within the state, including reducing the need for future listings under the Endangered Species Act. Special emphasis is given to addressing wildlife species that have received less attention in the past, including those that are not hunted or fished. All 50 states have developed SWAPs, providing a framework for planning and coordination on wildlife issues that cross state boundaries. The development and implementation of SWAPs is supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Services' State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program.
Wyoming's SWAP addresses a variety of wildlife and habitat management challenges, the terrestrial habitat types and aquatic basins that cover a majority of the state, and Wyoming's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). SGCN are species whose conservation status warrants increased management attention, and funding, as well as consideration in conservation, land use, and development planning. Currently, 180 SGCN have been identified in Wyoming.
SWAPs are coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies, industries, and nonprofit organizations, in addition to having significant public involvement. Wyoming's SWAP is revised every five years, most recently in 2010. Between revisions, information on SGCN is updated annually.
The public is an important partner for the success of the SWAP. To increase public awareness and input about Wyoming's SWAP, the WGFD established a quarterly SWAP Newsletter. The SWAP Newsletter contains information about SGCN and projects to implement the SWAP. In addition, local and national news pertaining to SWAPs is provided. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to email@example.com from the email account from which you would like to receive the newsletter (leave the subject line and body of email blank).
The SWAP is divided into individual chapters, which can be accessed below. If you have any questions or need additional information about the SWAP please contact the WGFD SWAP Coordinator, Glenn Pauley, by phone at (307) 777-4637 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org