[env-trinity] Governor's 2018 Budget: CDFW
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Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages California’s diverse ﬁsh, wildlife, and plant
resources, and the habitats upon which they depend for their ecological value and for their use
and enjoyment by the public. While other state agencies’ missions cover conservation, the
Department is the state’s trustee agency speciﬁcally charged with protecting and conserving
ﬁsh and wildlife habitat. The Budget includes $609.7 million($93.9 million General Fund) and
2,171.8 positions for the Department.
Since the completion of the California Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision report to the Legislature
in 2012, the Department has worked with stakeholders to review policies to improve and
enhance the Department’s capacity and effectiveness in fulﬁlling its core mission. Since that
time, the Department has also pursued numerous efforts to align its fees and costs, including
the establishment of regional conservation investment strategies, mitigation banking, California
Endangered Species Act permitting fees, revenues for timber harvest plan review, a scientiﬁc
collecting permit fee, a lands pass program, indexing fees to account for inﬂation, and
increasing commercial ﬁshing fees.
Subsequently, the 2017 Budget Act required the Department to reconvene its stakeholder
group to provide the Legislature with an update on progress toward meeting the 2012 report’s
recommended actions. The Department released this update in October 2017 showing
numerous accomplishments in meeting the original goals identiﬁed in the 2012 report. This
past fall, the Department also produced a new plan in collaboration with the stakeholder group
that outlines a future vision for the Department that is only achievable with long-term
•Sustainable Funding for Fish and Wildlife—$50.6 million of ongoing funding ($6.6 million
General Fund, $18 million Motor Vehicle Account and $26 million Tire Recycling
Management Fund) to address the structural imbalance in the Fish and Game Preservation
Fund and to support the future vision detailed by the Department and stakeholder
group. This integrated and sustainable funding proposal supports the four elements
identiﬁed this fall with the Department’s stakeholders: (1) expanding conservation efforts,
(2) improving hunting and ﬁshing and increased participation, (3) connecting more
Californians to the outdoors, and, (4) increasing stability and services for the public and
private partners of the Department. Speciﬁcally, the proposal consists of two components
CONTINUING CRITICAL PROGRAMS ($19.6 MILLION)
The ﬁrst funding component provides $19.6 million to allow the Department to continue
critical programs supported by the Fish and Game Preservation Fund that are threatened by
the long-running structural imbalance. While revenues in this Fund have remained relatively
stable over the last decade, the expansion of statutory requirements have resulted in
additional costs. This component avoids funding reductions to the current level of service or
loss of entire program elements. These activities span all Department functions, and
· Recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters and anglers.
· Communication with hunters and anglers to provide timely information on hunting and
ﬁshing opportunities throughout the state.
· Preserve ﬁsheries management in support of ﬁsh stocking in California waterways.
· Address human-wildlife interaction.
· Maintain law enforcement capacity to prevent the illegal take of ﬁsh and wildlife, thereby
maximizing ﬁshing and hunting opportunities for law abiding license holders.
· Continue native and game ﬁsheries monitoring.
· Manage lands for the improvement of wildlife related outdoor recreation.
· Upgrade and modernize marine ﬁsheries data management systems.
· Address emerging management needs relating to commercial ﬁsheries, including
permitting, licensing, and environmental review.
EXPANDED PROGRAM ACTIVITIES ($31 million)
The second component is a $31 million augmentation to implement speciﬁc priorities
identiﬁed through the stakeholder process and detailed in the future vision for the
· Expanding conservation efforts on land, in rivers and streams, and in the ocean to beneﬁt
iconic species like salmon.
· Increasing efforts to recover key declining and endangered species.
· Increasing hatchery production through scientiﬁc and production support for inland
· Supporting voluntary conservation programs for local governments, private landowners,
and conservation organizations across California.
· Increasing efforts to combat wildlife trafﬁcking and expansion of marine enforcement.
In addition, the Department will be working collaboratively with CalHR to explore options
for improving recruitment and retention of wardens.
· Exploring new approaches to ensure sustainable marine ﬁsheries in the face of a
changing climate, including responding to challenges like whale entanglements.
· Updating the joint Caltrans and Department assessment “Essential Connectivity” that
describes the most important wildlife and ﬁsheries connectivity areas throughout
California and will assist with the wildlife and ﬁshery sensitive approach to the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 investments.
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