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California’s State Wildlife Action Plan To Be Updated

The California Department and Fish and Wildlife is holding meetings across the state to get input on its State Wildlife Action Plan. It's the first update in 10 years and could have far-reaching implications for fish, wildlife, conservation and agriculture.

Aired 10/21/13 on KPBS News.

The California Department and Fish and Wildlife is holding meetings to get input on its State Wildlife Action Plan. It’s the first update in 10 years and could have far-reaching implications for fish, wildlife, conservation and agriculture.

Armand Gonzales with the department said the plan isn't mandatory, but it will guide conservation strategies to preserve and protect California's vulnerable plants and animals.

"The goal is to keep those common species common, to intervene on the stresses and threats that are affecting them and affecting the habitat that they depend upon before they get to that point of needing protection under the Endangered Species Act," Gonzales explained.

Gonzales said the updated plan will consider the affects of climate change on habitats. He said the department wants to encourage conservation easements rather than acquiring land. It also wants to focus on ecosystems, rather than individual species.

The updated plan is scheduled to be completed by 2015.

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muckapoo1 | October 21, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Can't wait to see what new "stressed" species need protection. That ought to run even more business' out of the state. I'm just thrilled that "In and Out" isn't threatening any guppies. LOL Love that double-double !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Frogasaurus_Rex | October 22, 2013 at 4:47 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Dude, seriously? Don't you think we are a species that is stressed? We humans live on a planet that is stressed to enormous proportions. Please realize that you are just another animal living on the planet. Hopefully you understand that we need certain things to live... and it all rolls down the food chain from the smallest organisms. What the heck does protecting wildlife have to do with your fast food joints in the context you raise... Without mycorrhizae in the soil we wouldn't be able to grow potatoes for those delicious fresh french fries, or grass for the cattle that make the beef. Protecting the nature we have is a way of protecting the rest of the economy we have built... Without the Environment and it's species... WE HUMANS would not exist! Will cease to live. Kick the can. Bite the Bullet. be an Ex-Species.

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sdreefer21 | October 22, 2013 at 8:11 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Im sure the eco nazis are preparing their fud to ensure we cant fish, hunt, or collect those tasty organisms we love to consume. I sure hope this process isnt as one sided as the mlpa was.

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Frogasaurus_Rex | October 23, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Pretty sure they won't get rid of hunting... Endangered species are endangered species... but there will still be sustainable ways to hunt the animals we need to hunt (mostly what people like to hunt). Why are you afraid they will take away those things?

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muckapoo1 | October 23, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Every time there is a study like this, small business gets another tax of some sort. They are leaving the state in droves. Species come, species go. No big deal. I'll take fries with that double-double.

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