Western Joshua Tree Conservation Plan


CDFW is in the process of developing the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Plan, as required by the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act (WJTCA) (PDF). The plan is being developed on a very tight timeline, with a complete draft due to the California Fish and Game Commissionfor review and approval by December 31, 2024. Consultation and collaboration with California Native American Tribes, governmental agencies, and the public are critical components of the plan’s development.

Content required by the Act

  • Description of management actions
  • Measurable criteria to assess the effectiveness
  • Guidance to avoid/minimize impacts
  • Protocols for successful relocation of WJT
  • CA Native American Tribal coordination:
    • Include co-management principles
    • Ensure traditional ecological knowledge is incorporated
    • Provide for the relocation of WJT to tribal lands upon request

Timeline for Collaboration and Input

  • April 4, 2024 – First Public Outreach meeting (see video below)
  • July 11, 2024 – Second Public Outreach meeting (Register for the meeting via Zoom)
  • December 2024 - Draft WJTCP due to Fish and Game Commission
    • Opportunity to provide public comments
  • July 2025 – Fish and Game Commission decision to adopt WJTCP
  • Comments and Questions can be submitted at any time to WJT@wildlife.ca.gov

Tribal Engagement

For more information on Tribal engagement for the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Plan, please visit our Tribal Engagement page.

Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, CA 95605
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090