Nevada Wildlife Action Plan

Developed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Nevada’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revision was published in 2013. The revision was completed to incorporate the potential impacts of emerging and expanding stressors - including climate change - on the state’s fish and wildlife species, and habitats in greatest need of conservation.

NDOW worked with multiple stakeholders to assess key habitats and species most likely to be affected by these stressors, and is developing strategies for managing and mitigating impacts. The primary focus is on proactively preventing species from being listed as threatened or endangered, as well as the restoration of species already listed, through the constant assessment of the status of wildlife and their habitat - as well as the initiation of responsive action before critical thresholds are crossed.

As a member of the SWAP team, the Nevada Natural Heritage Program (NNHP) played a key role during the revision process. NNHP’s primary contribution included species-level climate change vulnerability assessments using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index. The Index is a rapid assessment tool used to determine the vulnerability of species to climate change, which also highlights the factors that contribute most (or least) to a species’ vulnerability.

NNHP assessed over 300 species, and more than 250 of these species were deemed SWAP Species of Conservation Priority. The assessment results inform land managers of the primary factors contributing to climate change vulnerability in Nevada, and flag species for which specific management actions could promote greater resilience to continuing changes in climate.


NDOW partnered with a Wildlife Action Plan team including the Nevada Natural Heritage Program, the Lahontan Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and also the Great Basin Bird Observatory to develop this 2012-2013 revision to the plan.

The development of this action plan was required to continue to receive State Wildlife Grant federal funding for conservation of Nevada’s wildlife. Nevada’s original Wildlife Action Plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in December, 2005. To date, NDOW has received over $12 million in federal dollars through the State Wildlife Grants program.


Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Nevada Department of Wildlife


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Resource Types:

  • Plans (other)

States Affected:


  • Air temperature
  • Invasive species and pests
  • Precipitation changes
  • Water supply
  • Water temperatures
  • Wildfires

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