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Communities Taking Action for Wildlife

 Communities TAFW

 NEW! The Taking Action for Wildlife Team is available to help your community take action for wildlife.
Interested? Download and complete the 2014 Communities Taking Action for Wildlife Application (Word Document)

 Wondering how you can work effectively with your community to develop and implement wildlife conservation projects? Learn how you can get organized by following these steps:

1.  Incorporate Wildlife into Town Documents
Review your community's existing documents, e.g. natural resources inventory, conservation or open space plan, master plan, zoning, etc. Do any of these documents need updating to incorporate information about wildlife? Are you missing key documents, such as a natural resources inventory? 

2.  Select Your Actions
Review Community Stories for ideas from other communities actions to protect wildlife and habitats.
Use the tabs on the left to select the action/s most appropriate for your community. Here is a suggested sequence of actions:

Natural Resources Inventory (NRI)
The NRI is the basis for many subsequent actions. If your community doesn't have a NRI, consider conducting one or revising an outdated NRI as your first step.

Conservation Planning for Wildlife
Use your NRI to develop a long range conservation plan to protect key wildlife habitats.

Now take a look at some other actions for on the ground projects. Where you start depends on actions your community has already completed and what still needs to be done:

Land Conservation for Wildlife
Managing Wildlife Habitats
Using Local Regulations
Public Outreach and Education

Looking for a specific resource to use in your project? Take a look at Commonly Used Resources

3.  Plan Your Project

  • Form a project team of 4-7 people. This might be subcommittee of the conservation commission and could include representatives from other boards, local interest groups and residents. 
  • Develop a workplan, identifying actions, tasks, responsibilities and time line (see sample workplan)
  • Locate funds.  Some actions require little/no cost. For actions needing funds, develop a budget and identify possible sources (conservation commission budget, town conservation fund, grants, etc.).
  • Identify local resources, such as the land trust that services your community or region, other local or regional conservation groups, public support, support from local officials, etc.