CDFW to Hold Public Meetings on the Update to the State Wildlife Action Plan

Contact: Armand Gonzales, SWAP Special Advisor, (916) 616-0691
Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8962

a marbled murrelet (seabird) on Pacific waters
Juvenile marbled murrelet. Photo by Rich MacIntosh.

Starting in October, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold 11 public meetings on the update to the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

The scoping meetings will be held throughout the state and are intended to educate the public on the work being done to update the plan and to solicit input from the public and stakeholder groups. See below for dates and locations.

Every 10 years, the SWAP is updated to ensure that California’s vulnerable plant and animal species are being preserved and protected. The SWAP examines the health of fish and wildlife populations and prescribes actions to conserve species and habitats before they become rare and more costly to protect. The plan also promotes wildlife conservation while furthering responsible use and enjoyment by an ever-increasing human population.

The conservation strategies take into consideration the relationship between the biology and ecology of the natural environment, together with the social, economic, political and institutional systems that may affect the habitats being conserved.

The update, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2015, will allow CDFW to integrate new information developed since completion of the original plan in 2005. The objectives for the update include:

  • Creating a common vision for fish and wildlife conservation in California,
  • Providing an accounting of conservation accomplishments since 2005,
  • Stratifying analysis of threats and stresses by ecoregions, watersheds and marine study regions,
  • Incorporating analysis of potential climate change impacts,
  • Updating species at risk, vulnerable species and species of greatest conservation need lists, and
  • Recommending conservation actions that are implementable, measurable and time bound.

Schedule of meetings:

October 3, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
West Sacramento
West Sacramento Galleria
1110 West Capitol Avenue

October 15, 2013 (7-10 p.m.)
Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific – Ocean Theater
100 Aquarium Way

October 16, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
San Diego
San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 401

 October 17, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Palm Desert
UC Riverside Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Room B-200

October 24, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Fresno
California Dept. of General Services – Large Assembly Room
2550 Mariposa Mall

October 25, 2013 (1-4 p.m.)
San Luis Obispo
Ludwick Community Assembly Room
864 Santa Rosa Street

October 28, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Bishop
Tri County Fairgrounds – Tallman Pavilion
Sierra Street and Fair Drive

November 5, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
San Leandro
San Leandro Library – Karp Room
300 Estudillo Avenue

November 6, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Santa Rosa
Laguna Environmental Center – Heron Hall
900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Road)

November 12, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Redding
TBD

 November 13, 2013 (6-9 p.m.)
Eureka
Wharfinger Building – Great Room
1 Marina Way

For more information, please visit the SWAP website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.
To provide input, please e-mail SWAP@wildlife.ca.gov.