Wildlife Action Plan
Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan, now in the process of being revised, is a framework for collaborative conservation. The plan focuses on habitat management and other key issues affecting wildlife, especially wildlife populations that are in decline. Uncommon wildlife can be critical indicators of the health of Michigan's natural resources. Some of these species are cherished Michigan icons, such as the Kirtland's warbler – the rarest migratory songbird in North America -- the loon with its haunting call and the ancient lake sturgeon. Such wildlife and their habitats are integral to healthy ecosystems. They enhance outdoor recreation, provide clean air and water, promote storm-water storage, and elevate the beauty of Michigan's woods and waters. Thoughtful conservation of these species supports Michigan's multi-billion-dollar natural resources economy – including hunting, fishing, camping, trail use and other outdoors pursuits.
The first version of Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan was completed in 2005. The Department of Natural Resources and partner organizations across the state are currently working on revising that plan. The revised plan will focus on priority habitats, and use rare and common wildlife as measures of progress towards achieving the plan's goals. The draft priorities link with existing programs and plans such as the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, the Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategy, the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Plan and the Pheasant Restoration Initiative.
The Wildlife Action Plan continues to bring public and private organizations together to work towards shared goals. Partners can voluntarily choose to implement conservation actions identified in the plan that will also help meet their own goals and needs. Collaborating on conservation will benefit rare and game wildlife, and strengthens Michigan's natural resources for current and future generations.
- Wildlife Action Plan Update Fact Sheet The Wildlife Action Plan is currently being revised. Keep an eye out in this section for updates and ways to get involved.
- Read Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan
- Executive Summary
- National Overview
Final Drafts (Review Period Closed)
- WAP - Introduction and Purpose
- WAP - Warmwater Streams and Their Headwaters
- WAP - Big Rivers
- WAP - St. Clair - Detroit River System
- WAP - Littoral Zones
- WAP - Inland Cisco Lakes
- WAP - Great Lakes Coregonids
- WAP - Disease
- WAP - Great Lakes Marsh and Inland Emergent Wetlands
- WAP - Open Dunes and Sand-Cobble Shores
- WAP - Floodplain Forests
- WAP - Fen
- WAP - Prairie & Savanna
- WAP - Large Grasslands
- WAP - Young Forests
- WAP - Dry Northern Forests & Pine Barrens
- WAP - Appendix 1
- WAP - Appendix 2
- Wildlife Action Plan Biannual Report 2011-2012 This report provides short summaries for projects that have been fully or partially funded by State Wildlife Grants.
- State Wildlife Grants Funding in Action 2005-2010 This report provides short summaries of projects that have been fully or partially funded by the Department of Natural Resources to implement the Wildlife Action Plan.
- Highlights of the First Five Years This brochure offers highlights from Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan during the first five years, and illustrates how the plan is being implemented by the Department of Natural Resources and partners.