The nine companion plans associated with the final California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update have been released.
The California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update (SWAP 2015) provides a vision and a framework for conserving California’s diverse natural heritage. SWAP 2015 also recognizes the need and calls for developing a collaborative framework to manage ecosystems sustainably across the State in balance with human uses of the natural resources. To address the need for a collaborative framework, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Blue Earth Consultants, LLC (Blue Earth), and partner agencies and organizations began preparation of sector-specific companion plans prior to the submission of the SWAP 2015 final document. While the companion plans found below report on the progress made thus far on collaboration, the intent is to set a stage for achieving the State’s conservation priorities through continued partnership and by mutually managing and conserving the State’s natural and cultural resources.
The companion plans are organized into the following nine topics, called sectors: agriculture, consumptive and recreational uses, energy development, forests and rangeland, land-use planning, transportation planning, tribal lands, water management and marine resources. CDFW identified these sectors as having significant influences on sensitive ecosystems within the state, and recognized the opportunity to partner with others toward a common goal of safeguarding natural and cultural heritages of the state.
The SWAP 2015 and its companion plans are not regulatory documents. They are intended to provide a vision and a framework for conserving the state’s natural heritage by prescribing, prioritizing and recommending actions to conserve these resources before they become more costly to protect.
Companion Plan Sector Team Participants List (PDF)