Michigan’s Wildlife Action Plan is a partner-developed strategic framework to cooperatively conserve wildlife and their habitats.
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 revised plan focuses on priority habitats, and uses rare and common wildlife as measures of progress towards achieving the plan's goals. The partner-identified 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 By Topic
- Introduction, Approach, Methods
- Warmwater Streams and Their Headwaters
- Big Rivers
- St. Clair - Detroit River System
- Littoral Zones
- Inland Cisco Lakes
- Great Lakes Ciscoes
- Emerging Diseases
- Great Lakes Marsh and Inland Emergent Wetlands
- Open Dunes and Sand-Cobble Shores
- Floodplain Forests
- Prairie & Savanna
- Large Grasslands
- Young Forests
- Dry Northern Forests & Pine Barrens
- Appendix 1: Species of Greatest Conservation Need
- Appendix 2: SGCN Removed
- Appendix 3: SGCN Summaries
- Appendix 4: Terrestrial Habitats
- Appendix 5: Aquatic Habitats
- Appendix 6: Participating Partners
- Wildlife Action Plan Biannual Report 2011-2012
Short summaries for projects that have been fully or partially funded by State Wildlife Grants
- State Wildlife Grants Funding in Action 2005-2010
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
Examples of how Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan is being implemented by the Department of Natural Resources and partners.