Wildlife Action Plan

To be eligible for the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program each state was required to develop a Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) and submit it to the National Advisory Acceptance Team (composed of staff from the states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) by October 2005. Each WAP was required to include eight elements (see link below) that detail the species and habitats covered, the conservation actions proposed, procedures to review the Plan, and coordination with the public and other agencies.

In Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was charged with completing the WAP. Development of the WAP was coordinated with other state agencies, federal agencies, conservation groups, universities, industry, and the general public. The goal of LDWF was to develop a strategy which reflected the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders throughout the state who understood the threats facing the diverse fish and wildlife species of Louisiana.

The Louisiana WAP was approved in December 2005 and became the roadmap for the utilization of SWG funds. The Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan was intended to be a living document that would change as conservation priorities shift or as new threats to Louisiana’s wildlife are identified. It should be noted that the WAP is not a regulatory document, a land use plan, a land acquisition plan, or a threatened/endangered species plan.

The 2005 Louisiana WAP identified 240 species of concern, and detailed threats to these species, as well as strategies for conserving them. Additionally, the WAP provided detailed information on 38 terrestrial habitats, 12 aquatic basins, and 5 marine habitats that are critical to the conservation of the species of concern identified in the WAP. Threats to each of these habitats were discussed, and conservation strategies were presented.

To ensure that the WAP remains relevant, it must be fully reviewed and revised every 10 years. The first review and revision of the Louisiana WAP has now been completed, and the draft revised WAP has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review and approval. Although the revised WAP will not be official until such approval, the draft WAP is available below. Significant revisions have been made to the WAP, including a comprehensive approach to invasive species, information on the potential impacts of climate change, and the identification of priority areas for SGCN conservation, known as Conservation Opportunity Areas. 

To learn more about the draft revised Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan and to download PDFs of the chapters, please see the links below. If you would like more information about the Louisiana WAP, please contact SWG Coordinator Sam Holcomb (sholcomb@wlf.la.gov).


2005 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan


Draft 2015 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan

Each section of the draft revised Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) is available as a PDF below, along with appendices. The draft 2015 WAP is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and these files will be updated as needed upon approval of the WAP.

  1. Inside Cover Page
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Tables
  6. List of Figures
  7. Roadmap
  8. List of Acronyms
  9. Summary of Changes
  10. Chapter 1 – Introduction
  11. Chapter 2 – State Overview
  12. Chapter 3 – Approach
  13. Chapter 4 – SGCN Conservation
  14. Chapter 5 – Habitat Conservation
  15. Chapter 6 – Invasive Species
  16. Chapter 7 – Climate Change
  17. Chapter 8 – Conservation Opportunity Areas
  18. Chapter 9 – Research and Monitoring
  19. References