Delaware Wildlife Action Plan

After over eight years of implementing the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife has begun a comprehensive review and revision of the Plan to ensure the document remains up to date with the best available science and continues to serve the needs of Delaware’s wildlife.

The Division will update Delaware’s list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need for the 2025 revision and make any necessary adjustments to associated habitats, threats and conservation actions for identified species.

Revising the plan will include input and review by stakeholders and the public. This web page will include updates on the project, opportunities for input, and other information.

To share your input, please email Danielle Minter with your thoughts.

State-Level Wildlife Planning

The federal State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program assists state fish and wildlife agencies with conservation of wildlife species of greatest conservation need and the habitats they rely on.

Federal funding for state wildlife programs requires comprehensive wildlife conservation planning at the state level through Wildlife Action Plans.

States must update their plans every 10 years and include all species and habitats.

2015 – 2025 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan

The Department published a Wildlife Action Plan for 2015 to 2025 after a nearly three-year public process involving various stakeholders and species experts.

The 2015 plan is available in full as a downloadable ZIP file (Note: this file is about 30 MB), a Fact Sheet, an Executive Summary or as individual chapters and appendices.

Chapter 1: Delaware’s Wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Chapter 2: Delaware’s Wildlife Habitats

Chapter 3: Issues Affecting SGCN and Key Habitats in Delaware

Chapter 4: Conservation Actions to Address the Key Issues Facing Delaware’s SGCN and their Habitats

Chapter 5: Monitoring, Review and Revision

Chapter 6: Outreach and Coordination

Appendix 1.A: SGCN List by Ecological Group

Appendix 1.B: SGCN List, Alphabetical with Criteria Met

Appendix 1.C: Additions and Removals to SGCN List

Appendix 1.D: Data Sources Consulted

Appendix 2.A: Delaware Wildlife Habitat Classification

Appendix 2.B: Habitat Crosswalk, 2007-2015

Appendix 2.C: Species-Habitat Associations

Appendix 2.D: Scientific Names of Plant Species

Appendix 3: TRACS Conservation Actions and Ranking Criteria

Appendix 4: IUCN Conservation Issues and Ranking Criteria

Appendix 5: Compilation of Existing Monitoring Programs

Appendix 6: Outreach and Coordination