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Illinois Wildlife Action Plan

The Illinois Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) is a set of strategic documents designed to guide the conservation of wildlife species and their habitats for the people of Illinois.  The Action Plan focuses primarily on non-game species and is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  The IWAP was established in 2005​, and updated in 2015, with the assistance of conservation partners throughout the State of Illinois. 


The Illinois Wildlife Action Plan Program is housed within the Division of Natural Heritage although Plan activities occur throughout IDNR and in partnering organizations.  The Program is designed to coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the IWAP including development and updates to the Action Plan documents, communication and engagement with partners about plan initiatives, evaluation and tracking of implementation activities, providing guidance to improve implementation, conducting conservation status reviews for Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and their habitats, and identifying research needs and approaches to meet them.​ 

For more information contact Leon Hinz,​ leon.hinz@illinois.gov.

This webpage is currently under revision.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Last revised 2/20/19.