Regional Monitoring and Performance Framework

The Regional Monitoring and Performance Reporting Framework is a collaborative effort of Northeastern states, federal land management agencies, non-governmental organizations and academics. The Framework was designed to help Northeastern states meet the monitoring and performance reporting requirements of State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). Action Plans assess the condition of each state's wildlife, identify the problems they face, and prescribe actions to conserve wildlife and vital wildlife habitat before they become more rare and costly to protect.

Because the Action Plans are very detailed and include extensive lists of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), monitoring all the wildlife and associated habitats described within the plans would be an exceedingly onerous and costly task – one that far exceeds the resources available for the Action Plans themselves. With this in mind, the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) state directors commissioned a process to develop a monitoring framework that could be used across the region to inform decision makers and managers on how individual states are faring, as well as how the region as a whole is performing.

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NEAFWA members and collaborating agencies developed this Framework to offer an effective and cost-efficient mechanism for reporting on the status of Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats within each state and across the Northeast region, and the effectiveness of actions taken to conserve those resources.

Working together, the partners developed mechanisms to meet monitoring and performance reporting requirements in an effective and cost-efficient manner that allows for...

  • Collecting baseline data to assess status and condition of resources
  • Tracking rare, wide-ranging, and other species that don't recognize state boundaries but may be vital to ensuring conservation success.
  • Compiling region-wide data to increase sample sizes and the statistical power to detect changes in population sizes or condition over time.
  • Improved chances for rapid detection of status change for species and habitats.
  • Increased abilities to compare the effectiveness of strategies and programs through standardized protocols and measures and improved data sharing among states.
  • Simplified roll-up and reporting by state and region to make report generation easier and improve response time to Congress.
  • More affordable data collection and analyses for all participating states through increased economies of scale.

The Framework convened key state and wildlife agency representatives, steering committee members and other technical experts in two workshops in April and September 2007; the workshop presentations and products are provided below.  Also provided is a survey that provided the basis for assessing the current status of Action Plan monitoring and performance reporting, and identified ongoing Landscape/System level monitoring being conducted by non-state partners in order to spur collaboration, information which was critical to the success of the Framework. This project was completed in 2008. Final products include the NE Monitoring and Performance Reporting Framework and the NE Monitoring and Performance Reporting Process Report, provided below along with the Framework Appendices.

Project Leader

Name: Tracey Tomajer

Organization: New York Department of Environmental Conservation: Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources


Address: 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4756

Phone: 518-402-8877

Other Principal Investigators

Name: Jon Kart

Organization: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


Address: 103 South Main Street, 10 South, 2nd Floor, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501

Phone: 802-241-3652

Fax: 802-241-3295