AL SWAP  (19 MB)



For over a decade, the Teaming with Wildlife (TWW) coalition, comprised of State fish and wildlife agencies and their governmental and nongovernmental partners, has encouraged support for new sources of Federal funding to complement and expand State wildlife conservation programs. This support came in the form of annual appropriations to the states under the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program (WCRP) in Fiscal Year 2001, which was renamed the State Wildlife Grants(SWG) program beginning in Fiscal Year 2002. Under these new programs, Congress provided an historic opportunity for the state fish and wildlife agencies and their partners to design and implement a more comprehensive approach to the conservation of America’s wildlife.

A requirement of SWG is that each State completes a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) by October 1, 2005. Congress identified eight required elements that must be included in the CWCS.  Development of the CWCS is intended to identify and focus management on “species in greatest need of conservation.” Congress expects SWG funds be used to manage and conserve declining species and avoid their potential listing under the Endangered Species Act.

In Alabama, this CWCS effort began when the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries sponsoring the 2002 Nongame Conference that assembled scientists and stakeholders to compile the best available information on Alabama"s wildlife. This two-year effort resulted in the comprehensive four-volume publication Alabama Wildlife and is the foundation for the Alabama CWCS.  Coverage of taxa groups in the CWCS has been expanded to include crayfishes, of which Alabama has more species than any other state.  

The Alabama CWCS was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November 2005. This CWCS defines those wildlife species in greatest need of conservation in Alabama and describes the actions necessary for their restoration. It is through this tool that we have the opportunity to work with conservation partners and the greater public to best utilize available resources to ensure that declining species are restored and common species remain common.  


Alabama State Wildlife Action Plan Revision

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division announces the launch of its 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revision process. This comprehensive document, by Congressional State Wildlife Grant (SWG) requirements, must be revised every ten years.   The federal State Wildlife Grants program assists state Fish and Wildlife Agencies with conservation of nongame species.  To remain eligible for these funds, each state must revise its State Wildlife Action Plan every ten years.
This Wildlife Action Plan is critical to helping Alabama fulfill its responsibility to conserve its abundant fish and wildlife and natural habitats for future generations. The original SWAP guided major accomplishments over the last 10 years, like restoration of priority habitats including longleaf and shortleaf pine and native grasses on Wildlife Management Areas, State Parks, and private lands. It helped establish the Aquatic Biodiversity Center which helps recover freshwater mussels and snails in Alabama’s key rivers and streams. It supported important research on rare, aquatic life, removed barriers to fish migration and breeding, and reintroduced threatened species.
Over the next two years, ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and its partners will work with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state to develop a comprehensive plan to conserve wildlife and their native habitats. Distinct habitats identified as those in greatest need of conservation in Alabama will reviewed by experts across the state and build upon the updated information rankings of the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) from Alabama’s Non-Game Symposium of 2012, will prioritize SGCN and their habitats.
ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is coordinating with its key conservation partners in order to ensure that the revised plan is integrated, accessible and meets the national requirements and components. Broad public, partner, and stakeholder input is requested and welcome throughout the SWAP revision process.  
Through this effort, it is hoped that Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries can guide efforts statewide to prevent more species from becoming endangered and maintain Alabama’s diverse healthy natural lands and waters for its citizens and wildlife. The revision of this plan will support critical research, education, survey and monitoring efforts to address critical conservation needs with the help of its many partners.
For more information on WFF or the SWAP revision, please visit Alabama CWCS
General comments can be sent by email to Traci Wood.
For mail, fax, and telephone contact information, please see below.
Traci D. Wood
Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
Habitat and Species Conservation Coordinator
Landowner Incentive Program & State Wildlife Grants
64 N. Union St., Suite 567
Montgomery, AL 36130
334.353.0503 (O)
334.242.3032 (F)