Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

 

California has more species than any other state in the United States and also has the greatest number of endemic species—species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

According to the California Department of Fish & Game’s California Wildlife Action Plan Report: “California is the wildlife state. Its diverse topography and climate have given rise to a remarkable diversity of habitats and a correspondingly diverse array of both plant and animal species."

"Wildlife provides significant economic benefits to the state through recreation, tourism, and commercial harvest. Many of the places where wildlife thrives are often the same as those valued for recreation and other human activities. By learning what threatens the state’s wildlife and the steps that can be taken to reduce those threats, California’s residents have the opportunity to become more active stewards of this precious resource, ensuring that the Golden State remains the wildlife state for generations to come (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/WAP/docs/report/executivesummary.pdf).”

The California Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

Example of action to protect wildlife and habitat: In 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB 2785 (Ruskin) which requires the Department of Fish & Game to compile a database of the state’s most critical wildlife corridors and habitat linkages. The bill will allow Californians to have access to information on where wildlife lives and migrates, allowing the state to protect wildlife as well as develop land in an environmentally sensitive way.

Take action: Stop shark finning

Though it's illegal, sharks are being hunted solely for their fins, similar to elephants and tusks. This cruel and wasteful practice is contributing to a major decline in shark populations, potentially causing a major imbalance in the entire ocean ecosystem.

Urge Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 376 (Fong), which would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins. Take action and find out more.

Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Votes

Year Bill # Description Assembly Senate Governor
2015 AB 96 Ivory ban
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2014 SB 1199 Wild and Scenic Mokelumne River
No Action
No Action
Good
Good
No Action
No Action
2013 AB 711 Protecting wildlife from toxic lead ammunition
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2013 AB 1213 Protecting bobcats
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2012 AB 1478 Keeping state parks open
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2012 AB 1073 Solar done wrong
Bad
Bad
Bad
Bad
Bad
Bad
2012 AB 2402 Getting wildlife back in the game, Part 1
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2012 SB 1148 Getting wildlife back in the game, Part 2
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2011 AB 376 Cutting off the market for a cruel practice
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2010 AB 2329 The green team
Good
Good
Bad
Bad
No Action
No Action
2010 AB 2376 A blue ribbon strategy
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2009 SB 670 Pulling the plug on suction dredging
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2008 AB 2785 Tracking wildlife
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2007 AB 1032 Sucking the life out of fish habitat
Good
Good
Good
Good
Bad
Bad
2007 AB 821 Condors dodge a bullet
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2006 AB 2485 Saving the sea otters
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2006 SB 1535 Strengthening the Dept. of Fish and Game
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
2005 AB 1328 Protecting wild and scenic Cache Creek
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
 
 
 

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