Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Wolf Conservation Center Teaming (up) With Wildlife
As a member of the Teaming with Wildlife coalition, members of the Wolf Conservation Center's Awareness and Action Committee will be attending the New York State Wildlife Action Plan Advisory Committee Meeting tomorrow in Delmar, New York.
New York's current state wildlife action plan provides a framework for conserving and managing 537 species of greatest conservation need and the habitats they depend on for survival. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires states to revise their wildlife action plans at least every 10 years. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and conservation partners are working to update New York's action plan by 2015.
The gray wolf has been designated "endangered" in New York State. Should wolves become delisted at the federal level in the coming months, we hope to ensure that New York State's action plan includes sufficient precautions to protect any wolves that may migrate to the East and attempt recolonization.
The return of the wolf to the Northeast will reflect a more fully functional and wild ecosystem in the region. Considering the complexities of the debate, the Northeast Wolf Coalition is a working group of partner organizations, scientific mentors and advisers who collaborate on the critical issues that relate to the return of the wolf to the Northeast. Please visit www.northeastwolf.org for more information about the coalition's efforts to support wolf recovery in the region.