Foundational Tools and SWAP Coordination Projects



Project 4 will conduct three investigations by 2023 that are necessary for the revision of the 2025 State Wildlife Action Plans. These investigations will examine landscape status, conservation projects, and best practices established over the past decade of SWAP implementation and create products that will inform all elements of 2025 Northeast SWAP revisions. 

·      Job 1 – Development and production of the 2022 Northeast Lexicon

·      Job 2 – Development and production of the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis

·      Job 3 – Development and production of the 2022 Northeast Conservation Status Assessment

All jobs will be implemented via subcontracts with oversight from the Northeast State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator Subcommittee or Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee. Job approaches are detailed below. 

Job 2. Development and production of the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis (i.e., Northeast Synthesis Update)

Project leader: Brian Hess (

Job 2 will use a five-phased approach that builds consensus across all 13 states and the District of Columbia and culminates with an updated 2023 Conservation Synthesis ready for application in 2025 SWAP revisions. Throughout this Job, the Subcontractor will provide brief updates as requested by the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee or SWAP Coordinator Subcommittee. Additionally, progress will be reported at the annual NEAFWA Conference in April 2022 and 2023 and annual NEFWDTC meeting in September 2021 and 2022. The project Work Group (NEFWDTC and SWAP committee reps) will meet as needed throughout the year.


  1. Phase 1 – Scoping

The Scoping phase will begin at grant execution through December 2021. The Subcontractor will survey and gather input from the SWAP Coordinators and NEFWDTC to identify their needs. The first several months will be focused on gathering input to design the contents and format of the Synthesis document. The scoping process may include a survey and webinar with follow-up and feedback so that SWAP Coordinators have input into what they want the synthesis to contain.

To complete this Scoping phase by 31 December 2021, the Subcontractor will:

  • Form a project Work Group of representatives from the NEFWDTC and SWAP Coordinators Subcommittee;
  • Coordinate monthly meetings throughout the project, or at an interval mutually agreed upon to meet project objectives;
  • Provide a summary of the consensus reached by the Work Group on expectations for the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis.
  1. Phase 2 – Design and Planning

The Design and Planning phase will be conducted between December 2021 and March 2022. To complete this phase by 31 March 2022, the Subcontractor will:

  • Coordinate with the Work Group/SWAP coordinators and provide progress updates as requested;
  • Subcontractor will design and plan how the Synthesis will coordinate with other projects, including the Lexicon Update (Job 1), Conservation Status Update (Job 3), and Database projects;
  • Develop and submit to the Work Group/SWAP Coordinators a detailed outline for the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis.
  1. Phase 3 – Research and Coordination

The Research and Coordination phase will occur between March and August 2022. During this phase, the Subcontractor will conduct research to find data on relevant information regarding each of the SWAP Elements. The Subcontractor will coordinate with the project Work Group and provide regular progress updates as requested. 

  1. Phase 4 – Synthesis and Coordination

The Synthesis and Coordination phase will be conducted from September to December 2022, in coordination with the project Work Group. The Subcontractor will compile, synthesize, and organize information gathered during Phase 3. This synthesis will meet the expectations established in Phase 1 and be organized using the detailed outline developed in Phase 2. The Subcontractor will coordinate with other regional projects, including those described in Job 1 and 3 of this Project. 

  1. Phase 5 – Documentation and Delivery

This final phase of documenting methods and delivery of the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis will be completed by 28 February 2023. To complete this documentation phase, the Subcontractor will complete an updated Synthesis of Northeast SWAP Elements, including regional priority species, habitats, threats, actions, monitoring and coordination. The format will allow states to incorporate the Synthesis into their 2025 SWAP revisions, either in its entirety (e.g., as a chapter or appendix) or by section (e.g., by required element)to provide a regional context in the revised State Wildlife Action Plans and to inform broader agency/partner efforts. This document will provide the synthesized status and products of the NEFWDTC regional efforts for fish and wildlife diversity conservation. 

GSA Information

GSA Number: GSA 00029 Amend 4

GSA Title: Northeast Regional Conservation Synthesis for 2025 SWAP Revisions

GSA Contractor: Terwilliger Consulting