Regional Synthesis of Conservation Research (2012-2013)

As states prepared to revise their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), the task of incorporating a decade of regional conservation research was too large for every state to tackle. At the request of the northeastern region states, TCI delivered the Northeast Regional Synthesis - a report that organized this vast quanity of conservation research according to the 8 required elements of SWAPs. In collaboration with the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Coorperative and the Nature Conservancy, this report also updated Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need and provided a number of updated habitat assessments at the regional scale.

Northeast Fish and Wildlife Agencies (2016-2017)

TCI is analyzing 2015 State Wildlife Action Plans produced by the 13 northeastern states (and Washington DC) to help the region prioritize species of greatest conservation need and the habitats they rely on, identify the most common threats facing these species and their habitats, and determine which conservation actions might be effective at mitigating these regional threats and supporting regional species of greatest conservation need.

Rhode Island State Wildlife Action Plans


  • Work with RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Nature Conservancy, key partners and stakeholders to develop an effective process and cutting edge 10-year strategic plan

  • Identify species and habitats of greatest conservation concern, threats to them, and actions to address these threats

  • Involve a public input process and monitoring and evaluation component

  • Read the SWAP

Northeast Regional SWAP Lexicon (2013)

States in the northeast region wanted to derive regional priorities from their 2005 State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), but inconsistencies in language and format between states made that nearly impossible. In 2012, the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee began developing a common data framework to meet the 8 required elements of SWAPs and ensure that a northeast regional perspective could be gained from 2015 SWAPs. TCI was instrumental in reaching a final agreement on the framework and documenting the guidance for SWAP coordinators.


Selected Projects:
Alabama Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (2005) Prepared for Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Connecticut Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (2005) Prepared for Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Maryland Wildlife Diversity Conservation Plan (2005)
Prepared for Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Rhode Island Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (2005) Prepared for Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Virginia Plover Survey Piping Plover Productivity Studies
(2000) prepared by: Karen Terwilliger & Robert R. Cross for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Radio-telemetry Study of the Eastern Big-earred Bat on Fort Story, Virginia (2000) Principal Investigators: 
Mary Kay Clark, Karen Terwilliger, and Terry Sanders
for Engineering and Environment, Inc.
Endangered Species Management Plan for the Bald Eagle
(1999) prepared by: Karen A. Terwilliger for U.S. Army Transportation Center Fort Eustis, Virginia
Swimming Beyond Boundaries: The uncertain future of Virginia's marine mammals and sea turtles. (1995)
Prepared by: Sue Bruenderman and Karen Terwilliger for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
No Man Is An Island (December 2002) by Karen Terwilliger published in Virginia Wildlife, Stewards of the Land, A special edition devoted to the people caring for our forests and wildlife
Books and book chapters:
Coastal Lagoons: Ecosystem Processes and Modeling for Sustainable Use and Development. Chapter 8 Decision Making for Sustainable Use and Development. (2004) by Karen Terwilliger and John Wolflin
A guide to endangered and threatened species in Virginia (1996) by Karen Terwilliger
Virginia's Endangered Species (1991) by Karen Terwilliger



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