California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Endangered Species Act & California Endangered Species Act Recovery


The Legislature directs the State (Fish and Game Code Section 2052) to conserve, protect, restore, and enhance any endangered species or any threatened species and its habitat, and it is the intent of the Legislature, consistent with conserving the species, to acquire lands for habitat for these species.

Fish and Game Code Sections 2105-2116, the Recovery Strategy Pilot Program, directs the Department to develop and implement a recovery pilot program for the greater sandhill crane. In addition, the Commission, based on recommendations of the Department, may identify four additional species that are listed as candidate, threatened, or endangered for which recovery strategies will be developed and implemented if funding is appropriated. Sections 2105-2116 define factors for determining species to be identified, recovery strategy team composition, contents of strategy, criteria for approval, and reporting requirements.

Each July 30th, the Chief of the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch (HCPB) will provide a recommendation to the directorate as to whether additional species should be considered for the Recovery Strategy Program. In making such recommendations the Chief of the HCPB shall take into account the available funding to develop the recovery strategy.

The Department participates in recovery planning for species listed under California Endangered Species Act and for species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recovery strategies for State-listed species may be developed by the Department, either under Fish and Game Code Sections 2105-2116 or through other means. For species listed under the federal ESA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may create a formal recovery team or an informal working group in which the Department is a participant.

Headquarters staff will normally represent the Department on recovery teams for species distributed across multiple regions, or for species within a region if a region does not have the staffing to participate and headquarters has the ability and expertise to do so. The HCPB staff is responsible for soliciting input from region staff and keeping the regions informed of the progress of the team. Once a recovery plan or strategy is in place, the HCPB will work with the regions to develop strategies for implementing identified recovery tasks, including developing proposals for funding.

Region staff will normally represent CDFW on recovery teams for species distributed wholly or mostly within a region. Regions are responsible for keeping headquarters staff informed of the progress of the working groups. Once a recovery plan or strategy is in place, regions work with multiple partners to implement identified recovery tasks on Department and other lands. Region staff also develop proposals to fund needed recovery actions.