Starting in October, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host 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. The closest meeting for western Nevada County residents will be held 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the West Sacramento Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave.
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
— Recommending conservation actions that are implementable, measurable and time bound
For more information, please visit the SWAP website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.
To provide input, e-mail SWAP@wildlife.ca.gov.