State Wildlife Action Plans

Overview

The National SWAP Conservation Priorities layer includes data from each state that completed maps showing locations across the landscape that are priorities for conservation. Each state used different methodologies to identify these locations, and is using their map in slightly different ways, so only basic boundary data is included in this view of the maps.  For additional attribute information, users should look at their states' individual SWAP. SWAP priority maps are continuing to be refined and produced.  As a consequence, some maps that were completed or refined very recently may not appear in this map yet. 

Data Layer Description

Source

NatureServe

What this data layer represents

This layer brings together the State Wildlife Action Plan Conservation Priority Areas in each state that completed mapping. These areas represent the most important locations for conservation actions in the state, including land acquisition, restoration, and management.

Location

National (currently only for states with spatially explicit conservation priorities identified).

Description

This data set was compiled by Defenders of Wildlife, and the data was merged by NatureServe and National Geographic. The data was compiled in order to display all State Wildlife Action Plan conservation priority areas across the country. The National SWAP Conservation Priorities layer includes data from each state that completed maps showing locations across the landscape that are priorities for conservation. Each state used different methodologies to identify these locations, and is using their map in slightly different ways, so only basic boundary data is included in this view of the maps.  For additional attribute information, users should look at their states' individual SWAP. SWAP priority maps are continuing to be refined and produced.  As a consequence, some maps that were completed or refined very recently may not appear in this map yet.  

Many maps took into account species and habitat data, threats information, and the priorities of other conservation organizations and agencies working in their state or region.

How to get the data layer

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How you might make use of this data layer

This data can be used to locate state priorities for conservation action. These areas represent places on the landscape in the most urgent need of conservation action. Conservation actions include land acquisition through easements or purchases, restoration and management activities, species recovery work, and other actions. These areas allow users to prioritize locations to make investments in conservation. For example, a land trust may have the opportunity to purchase three parcels of land, but only enough money to purchase one parcel. With a limited budget the land trust needs wants to ensure that their money is used most effectively to conserve high quality habitat and biodiversity. The land trust can use the National SWAP Conservation Priorities Layer in their state to determine which of their parcels are considered priorities in the State Wildlife Action Plan.

How to get more information

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