New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan
Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.
New Hampshire was one of eight states that not only acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state's wildlife populations, but also incorporated species assessments, research and monitoring climate impacts within their Wildlife Action Plan (WAP).
The WAP mentions climate change in multiple locations, centered on a four page risk assessment in Chapter 4. This summary of potential threats acknowledged that habitats - and by extension the wildlife they support - could be significantly altered if climate change was not addressed. Habitats at geographic extremes (e.g., high elevation, coastal) were noted as being particularly vulnerable, as were those characterized by relatively cool temperatures (such as alpine habitats and coldwater streams). A few wildlife species were considered particularly threatened, most of which were coastal, northern or high elevation in distribution.
Publication Date: 2006
- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Fish and fisheries
- Plans (other)
- Air temperature
- Extreme storms and hurricanes
- Invasive species and pests
- Permafrost melt
- Precipitation changes
- Sea-level rise
- Water temperatures