- Strategic Goals
- Environmental Review & Permitting
- Conservation Planning
- Invasive Species
- Native Plant Program
- Natural Community Conservation Planning
- Conservation and Mitigation Banking
- Voluntary Local Program
- Federal Habitat Conservation Planning
- Integrated Resource Management Planning and Planning Processes
- Large-scale Conservation Plan Data
- Land acquisition
- California Biodiversity Council
- California Legacy Project
Voluntary Local Programs for Agricultural Landowners
Agricultural landowners (farmers and ranchers) who want to enhance habitat on their property can be protected from additional regulatory restrictions for state-listed species. The California Endangered Species Act offers such protection underthe Voluntary Local Program (Fish and Game Code Section 2086 and Title 14 Section 786.0 et seq.). Landowners whose land is included in a Department-approved Voluntary Local Program to enhance and maintain listed species habitat are not prohibited from incidental take (injure or kill) of state-listed as long as the take occurs on a farm or ranch during the course of routine and ongoing agricultural activities.
The Voluntary Local Program is CDFW’s compliment to the federal Safe Harbor Agreement Program sponsored under the federal Endangered Species Act. The goal of both the state and federal programs is to encourage landowners to voluntarily enhance habitat for listed species, while maintaining viable agricultural operations. As a further incentive, the Voluntary Local Program allows landowners to withdraw from the program without penalty.
CDFW staff in the Conservation Planning Program within the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch have been actively working on developing the first Voluntary Local Programs.
For more information, contact:
Senior Environmental Scientist
Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
California Department of Fish and Wildlife