Vermont 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.

Vermont was one of eight states that not only acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state's wildlife populations, but also offered some adaptation guidance through priority conservation strategies.

Vermont’s Wildlife Action Plan is a statewide, all-species conservation strategy. It provides a science-based foundation for understanding wildlife needs, and it serves as a common conservation vision to guide local, state and federal agencies, sportsmen’s and non-profit conservation organizations and the general public in wildlife conservation. Actions identified in the plan are primarily voluntary and incentive-based. Species Assessment Reports form the base of the action plan, and identify Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). These include 144 vertebrates (brook trout to peregrine falcon to bobcat to wood turtle) and 191 invertebrates (tawny emperor butterfly to cobblestone tiger beetle to the fragile papershell mussel). The action plan also describes the habitats and landscapes used by these species within Habitat/Landscape Summary Reports.

The action plan further identifies the specific problems facing both Species of Greatest Conservation Need and the habitats and landscapes upon which they depend. Conservation strategies are identified for each.

Vermont’s Wildlife Action Plan identified 22 major categories of problems adversely affecting SGCN or their habitats. The most common, widespread and serious problems include loss of habitat (due to conversion, degradation, fragmentation and lack of needed successional stages), the impacts of roads, pollution and sedimentation, invasive species, climate change, and data gaps and information needs.


Publication Date: November 22, 2005

Related Organizations:

  • Vermont Fish and Wildife Department


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Resource Types:

  • Plans (other)

States Affected:


  • Air temperature
  • Invasive species and pests
  • Permafrost melt
  • Precipitation changes
  • Water temperatures

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