Wildlife Officials to Hold Public Meeting in South Lake Tahoe to Seek Input on Draft Conservation Strategies
California has more endemic species than any other state in the nation, yet pollution, non-native species, development and climate change are all contributing to their decline. In order to address these concerns and develop measures to conserve the state's valuable natural resources, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working on updating its State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
As part of the SWAP update, which takes place at least every 10 years, CDFW is holding a public scoping meeting on Nov. 7 in South Lake Tahoe (See below for details). The meeting is intended to provide information on species and habitats of concern and to solicit feedback from the public, non-profit groups and other agencies on draft conservation strategies. Although the plan covers the entire state, the meeting will focus on local conservation issues.
CDFW environmental scientists will give presentations on vulnerable species and habitats and will discuss draft conservation strategies. For instance, in the Carson River Basin invasive species, illegal fishing and decreased water flows are all contributing to the degradation of rivers and streams, threatening vulnerable species such as the Paiute cutthroat trout and mountain sucker. Draft conservation strategies include removing invasive species, restoring native fish and implementing public education and outreach programs. Each strategy also emphasizes the importance of coordinating with conservation partners and local government agencies.
After the presentations, there will be a question-and-answer session followed by small group discussions, where attendees will be invited to provide input.
South Lake Tahoe: Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Inn By the Lake – Sierra Nevada Room, 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
For more information on SWAP or to view the schedule of statewide meetings, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap/