California Department of Fish and Wildlife
field of bright yellow flowers

Lasthenia burkei
CDFW Photo by Patrick Moeszinger

Permits for Threatened and Endangered Plant Species

CDFW may authorize the “take”, possession, import, or export of some plants that are protected by California law. CDFW may authorize take and possession for scientific, educational or management purposes, or authorize “take” that is incidental to otherwise lawful activities if certain conditions are met. CDFW issues most of these permits to individuals to identify, document and voucher listed plant species, typically during botanical surveys, and may also issue permits to individuals or organizations for other scientific, educational or management purposes, most typically research or recovery actions for state-listed plant species. CDFW also partners with several botanic gardens and other institutions for ex-situ or “off-site” conservation of rare, threatened, and endangered plant species, and several California herbaria have collections of rare, threatened, and endangered plant specimens. See a list of facilities that have active agreements with CDFW.

Information on scientific collection permits for non-plant species

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