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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • March 13, 2024
Joshua trees

Join CDFW Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 10 a.m. to noon, for a virtual meeting on the development of a western Joshua tree conservation plan.

Categories: Environment, Plants, Rare Species, Species
  • March 8, 2024
Greater sage-grouse in natural environment.

CDFW is seeking data and public comments on a petition to list the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

Categories: Environment, FGC, Hunting, Rare Species, Upland Game, Wildlife
  • February 16, 2024
An aerial overview of the Camatta Ranch grasslands in San Luis Obispo County.

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) provided a $10.3 million grant to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (LCSLO) to protect approximately 27,500 acres of grassland, blue oak savannah, shrubland and riparian corridors. The work will protect habitat for 299 animal species and 250 native plant species, including Camatta Canyon amole plant, San Joaquin kit fox, Bell’s vireo and blunt-nosed leopard lizard among others.

Categories: Rare Species, WCB, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Board
  • February 12, 2024
Wolf lying in grassy area.

As part of its evaluation of the Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program, CDFW today is posting outstanding wolf depredation reports dating back to August 2023. The depredation reports confirm 16 wolf depredations totaling a loss of 18 livestock. With this posting, CDFW can now finalize review of existing program applications and eligibility of livestock producers to receive payments for direct losses.

Categories: Human Wildlife Conflict, Rare Species, Wolves
  • December 7, 2023
A map of California fishing zones.

CDFW is continuing the temporary recreational crab trap restriction from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point, Monterey County, (Fishing Zones 3 and 4) due to the presence of humpback whales and the potential for entanglement of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles with trap gear.

Categories: Dungeness Crab, Fisheries, Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • October 11, 2023
Two CDFW biologists net yearling spring-run Chinook salmon in Deer Creek, Tehama County.

CDFW and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries biologists are pursuing urgent measures this fall to save some of the last remaining Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon after the numbers returning from the ocean this year fell sharply toward extinction.

Categories: Hatcheries, Rare Species, Salmon, Species
  • July 27, 2023
a forest of Joshua trees in the desert

Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s enactment of the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, the California Natural Resources Agency and CDFW have begun work to create a conservation plan for the iconic tree which will further enable the state’s clean energy transition away from fossil fuels and support California’s actions to build more new housing.

Categories: Rare Species
  • June 7, 2023
An overview of the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage, including the stream channel leading to the Sacramento River.

Dozens of adult sturgeon and hundreds of other large fish including threatened Chinook salmon have moved safely from receding floodwaters within the Yolo Bypass back to the Sacramento River thanks to the coordinated operation of the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage among the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CDFW, NOAA Fisheries and Yolo County.

Categories: Fisheries, Lands, Rare Species, Salmon
  • May 31, 2023
Overview of rolling foothills and oak woodland within the Carmel Valley.

At its May 25, 2023, quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $83.15 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California and, in some cases, provide new and improved public access, recreational and educational opportunities.

Categories: Education, Habitat Restoration, Lands, Rare Species, Scientific Study, Wildlife Conservation Board
  • March 24, 2023
A yearling male wolf is released back to the wild in Siskiyou County after being captured and collared.

CDFW has announced the safe and successful capture and collar of two gray wolves in Siskiyou County. The two wolves were captured March 17, fitted with satellite collars, measured and sampled for DNA and disease surveillance, and safely released back to the wild.

Categories: Human Wildlife Conflict, Rare Species, Scientific Study, Wolves

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