DEEP: Wildlife and Habitat Management

Wildlife and Habitat Management

Connecticut's wildlife resources are managed to maintain stable, healthy populations of wildlife, including endangered and threatened species, in numbers compatible with both habitat carrying capacity and existing land use practices. To support a diversity of wildlife, habitats are managed on state forests and wildlife management areas. Educational programs and technical assistance are provided to enhance privately-owned habitats and promote an appreciation for the value of Connecticut's wildlife. Hunting seasons and bag limits are regulated for harvestable wildlife species. Public hunting opportunities are managed on state-owned, state-leased, and permit-required areas. And, with volunteer assistance, conservation education and safety programs are provided to promote safe and ethical hunting practices.

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This new cooperative program provides technical and financial assistance to non-industrial private forestland owners interested in implementing habitat management projects to create young forest habitat for wildlife.
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Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative
The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) Shrubland Bird Monitoring; and 3) American Woodcock Habitat Use and Survival.
{Barn Island WMA sign} Barn Island WMA Comprehensive Management Plan
DEEP is in the process of developing a comprehensive management plan for Barn Island Wildlife Management Area in Stonington. Stakeholders and the public were given the opportunity to comment on a Management Assessment Report prepared by Connecticut College. The department is currently compiling the comments and preparing a final draft of the management plan. As soon as it is available, the draft will be posted for public review.
{Wildlife Action Plan logo} Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan
The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in January 2016. This plan establishes both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years.
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Federal Funding for Fish and Wildlife
The Fisheries and Wildlife Divisions of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection receive the majority of their funding through federal grants. Two grant programs, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, have been particularly important. These programs were initiated by sportsmen and conservationists to provide states with funding for fish and wildlife management and research, habitat acquisition and sportsmen education programs.
 

Content last updated on September 15, 2017.