Working with partners, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) uses a range of conservation tools to recover threatened and endangered species to ensure that they are able to survive on their own in the wild. These tools can include acquiring and restoring habitat, removing, conducting surveys, monitoring individual populations, and breeding species in captivity to release them into their historic range. One of these tools is the species’ recovery plan.
Recovery plans provide a road map with detailed site-specific management actions for private, Tribal, federal, and state cooperation in conserving listed species and their ecosystems. A recovery plan provides guidance on how best to help listed species achieve recovery, but it is not a regulatory document.
This document provides information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approach to recovery planning and implementation.