Texas Conservation Action Plan

Each state in the U.S. has completed a Wildlife Action Plan or Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy to improve the stability and recovery of species which are in decline, already listed as threatened or endangered, and/or are representative of the diversity and health of the state's wildlife. To date, these plans have become important guides for natural resource management programs, conservation funding, partnership building, project development, and problem-solving at local and regional levels.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is the steward of the Texas Conservation Action Plan, formerly called the Texas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy 2005 - 2010 or Texas Wildlife Action Plan. This revised Texas plan (approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013) is a series of 11 regionally-specific Ecoregion handbooks, a Statewide/Multi-region handbook, and this Overview document. Collectively, they are now called the Texas Conservation Action Plan.

Texas Conservation Action Plan Handbooks

While the Texas Conservation Action Plan is a conservation plan for species at most at risk, its primary purpose is to bring people together to realize conservation benefits, prevent species listings, and preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Handbooks contain information on Species of Greatest Conservation Need, regionally important habitats, local conservation goals and projects, regional and statewide activities, contact information for conservation partners, and maps. The activities in each handbook are starting points to engage land owners, land-use planners, natural resources professionals, and the public in regional and local community-based conservation.

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