What is the California State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)?

The SWAP is a plan for conserving California’s fish and wildlife (collectively referred to as wildlife) resources  while responding to environmental challenges. The SWAP examines the health of wildlife and prescribes actions to conserve wildlife and vital habitat before they become rare and more costly to protect. The plan also promotes wildlife conservation while furthering responsible development and addressing the needs of a growing human population. See an overview of State Wildlife Action Plans: Defining a Vision for Conservation Success.

Through the California SWAP, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) seeks to conserve the resources in the nation’s most biologically diverse state. CDFW’s goal is to create a flexible but scientific process to respond to changing challenges, including population growth, the need for  renewable energy, and global climate change. CDFW endeavors to make best use of limited resources while developing lasting partnerships and increasing public participation in the conservation and management of California’s valued natural resources.

The initial SWAP was published in 2005. The then-California Department of Fish and Game, working in partnership with the Plan development team at the University of California, Davis, directed the development of the 2005 report, California Wildlife: Conservation Challenges (Bunn et al 2005), and associated Web publications.