Kansas State Wildlife Action Plan



Kansas' State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP), previously known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan, provides a comprehensive vision for managing Kansas' fish, wildlife, and wildlife habitats. A coalition of more than 3,000 conservation organizations known as Teaming with Wildlife, worked to keep species from becoming endangered by increasing state and federal funding for wildlife conservation.

State & Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) are funds that can be used for all wildlife and enables KDWP to fund necessary studies and projects, to keep rare species from becoming endangered, and to keep common species from declining. As a requirement to be eligible for SWG funds, Congress charged each state and territory with developing an approved Wildlife Plan.

The Wildlife Plans were developed by the States to be dynamic, adaptive documents that would guide agency and partner conservation planning for years to come. The Plans are reviewed and revised on a minimum of 10-year intervals as per Element 6 of the original legislation. The Kansas SWAP underwent a comprehensive revision completed in 2016, and a minor revision completed in 2022.  The revisions considered many of the changes that Kansas and its wildlife have experiences since the original plan was created (2005). It is important to note that the SWAP is not just a conservation plan for KDWP, but a wildlife conservation plan for the state of Kansas. Collaboration with other agencies, organization, stakeholders, experts, interested parties, and public participation was requested throughout the revision process, and will be valuable in the implementation process. 

The 2022 SWAP has received its official approval from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
A copy of the Plan is provided below.

Complete Plan (PDF 11.94 MB)
Executive Summary (PDF 223.40 kB)
Table of Contents (PDF 71.12 kB)
Chapter 2 - Methods (PDF 2.63 MB)
Appendices (PDF 2.39 MB)

Any questions regarding the State Wildlife Action Plan revision can be E-mailed here.

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