RCRC member counties have land use and public trust responsibilities over resource-related issues, including fish and wildlife.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are the two primary agencies responsible for fish and wildlife issues impacting rural counties and their citizens.

Some of the significant policy areas related to local government that these wildlife agencies have a role in include:

  • Acquisitions of land including wildlife management areas;
  • Enforcement of environmental law;
  • Review of Timber Harvest Plans;
  • Outdoor recreation permits and licenses;
  • Approval of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP’s) and Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCP’s);  
  • Endangered species listing and designation of critical habitat;
  • Eradication of invasive species; and,
  • State Wildlife Action Plan.

Outdoor recreation and tourism are an important element of the rural economy.  RCRC advocates for state and federal funding for the eradication of invasive species, as well as funding to curb illegal marijuana grows that negatively impact the state’s natural resources and threaten the tourism economy.   

Learn more about RCRC’s ESA issues here.

Staff: Mary-Ann Warmerdam and Staci Heaton