California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

Incidental Take of State Listed Species under the California Endangered Species Act

San Diego Thornmint

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) states that all native species of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and plants, and their habitats, threatened with extinction and those experiencing a significant decline which, if not halted, would lead to a threatened or endangered designation, will be protected or preserved. CDFW will work with all interested persons, agencies and organizations to protect and preserve such sensitive resources and their habitats.

However, CESA also allows for take incidental to otherwise lawful development projects. CESA emphasizes early consultation to avoid potential impacts to rare, endangered, and threatened species and to develop appropriate mitigation planning to offset project caused losses of listed species.