Thursday, June 4, 2015

NY State Wildlife Action Plan Being Revised

DSCN6067The proposed New York State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) to protect rare and declining wildlife species is now available for public comment. The deadline for comment is Friday, July 17th.

DEC will hold nine public information sessions throughout the state in June – two in Northern New York – to present the draft plan and accept comments.  Meetings are planned for SUNY Potsdam (8th Floor, Raymond Hall) from 2 to 4 pm on June 19th, and DEC’s Region 5 Office in Ray Brook from 2 to 4 pm on June 29th.

The ten-year plan, developed to update the 2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, identifies 366 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in New York that need conservation actions to thrive.

Such species include moose, least tern, northern diamond-backed terrapin, eastern spadefoot toad, lake sturgeon, barndoor skate, humpback whale, brook snaketail and barrens buckmoth. Of those 366, there are 167 species that are identified as high priority SGCN, including little brown bats, spruce grouse, Blanding’s turtle, queen snake, American eel, sauger, winter flounder, horseshoe crab, dwarf wedgemussel and American bumblebee.

An additional 113 species are seen as possibly needing conservation actions, including least weasel, mink frog, tiger shark, Scotia sallfly, and monarch butterfly.

The proposed SWAP is available on the NYSDEC website at:

For more information related to the SWAP, contact Joe Racette at (518) 402-8933 or

Comments should be sent to or mailed to Joe Racette, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233.

The deadline for comment is Friday, July 17, 2015.

Photo by John Warren.

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One Response

  1. Bruce says:

    According to one DEC supervisor I talked to several years ago when inquiring as to the best place to photograph Moose, he said the animals started coming in on their own from Canada and liked what they found as attested by the fact that at that time there were an estimated 400 Moose in the Adirondacks, but now the numbers have apparently grown to around 1000. So far, a success story.

    On the other hand, the Spruce Grouse may be another animal altogether (pun intended). With entire stands of Spruce and Hemlock being wiped out by invasive insects and acid rain, will there be sufficient suitable habitat in years to come? I guess what I’m trying to say is will our best efforts to restore some animal and bird populations be enough, or a wasted effort?

    In Western North Carolina, we don’t have the Spruce Grouse, but we do have acres of brown patches on mountainsides where Red Spruce, Fraser Fir and Hemlock have died due to the same causes, and it’s getting worse. My fear is that a fire will get into all these dead trees and have a conflagration the likes of which has never been seen.

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