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State Wildlife Action Plan: A plan for conserving California's wildlife resources while responding to environmental challenges


California’s distinctive topography and climate have given rise to a remarkable diversity of habitats that support a multitude of plant and animal species. In fact, California has more species than any other state in the U.S. and also has the greatest number of species that occur nowhere else in the world. Many of the places where wildlife thrive are the same as those valued for recreation and other human activities. To ensure a sustainable future for wildlife – and the enjoyment of wildlife by generations to come – there is a need for a collaborative approach to conservation.

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

The State Wildlife Action Plan examines the health of wildlife and prescribes actions to conserve wildlife and vital habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect. The plan also promotes wildlife conservation while furthering responsible development and addressing the needs of a growing human population.

Scoping Meetings Recap

Thirteen public scoping meetings were held throughout the state between October and December 2013 and were attended by over 500 people. Public input was sought to ensure the SWAP 2015 Update is adequately  identifying major conservation issues in California and  that the draft conservation strategies are appropriately addressing those impacts. Each meeting highlighted different regional habitats. Presentations discussing the various habitats included a PowerPoint presentation, a Fact Sheet handout and a detailed wall poster.

In addition to the great questions asked at the Scoping Meetings, many written comments were received. Public comments (PDF) were solicited on the draft conservation strategies, and can be accessed by name (PDF).

It’s not too late to submit a comment. CDFW wants your input: Is anything missing? Are there any gaps? Did they properly identify the key conservation factors of the habitat of interest? What do you like about the approach being taken? Because of the technical nature of the topic, comments are requested in writing, so nothing is mischaracterized. Please submit comments via email to

2015 Update Process

As required every 10 years by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CDFW is in the process of updating the 2005 plan. The update process will allow CDFW to integrate new information and leverage more funding. The objectives for the update include:

  • Create a vision for fish and wildlife conservation in California,
  • Provide an accounting of accomplishments,
  • Stratify analysis of impacts and stressors by ecoregions,
  • Incorporate climate change impacts and adaptation strategies,
  • Update species at risk, vulnerable species and species of greatest conservation need, and
  • Recommend conservation actions consistent with planning documents developed by other agencies.

The public will be actively engaged through outreach, scoping and document review.

Conservation actions to achieve the goals of the Plan will be developed using Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.


Additional information will be added to this site as the Wildlife Action Plan is developed.