Wildlife Action Plan
Fact Sheet

Alaska’s Wildlife Action Plan provides a common strategic framework and information to aid in the conservation of Alaska’s aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.

  • The Plan can be used by any individual or organization interested in wildlife conservation regardless of the type of area or scale at which they are working.
  • Baseline assessments for the current status of Alaska’s wildlife species of greatest conservation need and their habitats are provided.
  • The Plan takes a proactive look at the health of wildlife in Alaska and prescribes actions to conserve wildlife and vital habitat before they become more costly to protect.

The Plan provides detailed information on Alaska’s 32 ecoregions, including detailed habitat descriptions, the occurrence of key fish and wildlife species, and land use and ownership patterns.

  • Seven key habitats were featured; significant issues for each of the key habitats were identified.
  • Conservation actions to address those issues were recommended.

The Plan highlights conservation needs common to large numbers of species and the habitats that support them.

  • The Plan provides specific action plans, including needed research, survey, and monitoring efforts, for 74 featured species and species groups ranging from little known cave insects to familiar species such as loons, owls, and whales.

The Plan addresses species with special conservation needs.

  • It particularly emphasizes species that are not commercially or recreationally hunted, trapped, or fished, or wildlife populations, including selected game populations, about which we have specific conservation concerns.
  • To meet the Congressional intent for the State Wildlife Grant program, the primary focus of the conservation strategy is on the species with greatest conservation needs, while retaining the flexibility to include other high priority conservation target species and habitats identified by experts, or other peer-reviewed planning processes.

Development of Alaska’s Wildlife Action Plan was coordinated by ADF&G, but made possible by participation of many conservation partners.

  • To get broad input on the Plan’s process and goals, the planning team reached out to a range of partner including government agencies, conservation interest, landowners, resource users, representatives of the Native community, and the state’s 77 fish and game advisory committees, as well as to the general public.
  • More than 100 scientific experts, peers, and others with expertise on Alaska’s 14 major animal groups and their habitats.
  • The planning team provided an eight-week window for review of the draft Plan, announcing the opportunity via email or letter to nearly 2,000 individuals and groups, along with notice to the general public through a press release, newsletters, the planning website, and a published notices in major in-state newspapers.

Interested in Learning More? View the Plan.