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Special Status Species Defined

Special Status Species include:

  • Designated (rare, threatened, or endangered) and candidate species for listing by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW).
  • Designated (threatened or endangered) and candidate species for listing by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW).
  • Species considered to be rare or endangered under the conditions of Section 15380 of the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, such as those identified on lists 1A, 1B, and 2 in the 2001 Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS).
    CA Tiger Salamander
  • And possibly other species which are considered sensitive or of special concern due to limited distribution or lack of adequate information to permit listing or rejection for state or federal status, such as those included on list 3 in the CNPS Inventory or identified as animal “California Special Concern” (CSC) species by the CDFW. Species designated as CSC have no legal protective status under the California Endangered Species Act but are of concern to the CDFW.

Learn more at CDFW's Special Plant and Animal Lists and comparison chart of CESA to the Federal ESA.

If you would like to learn more about species on your property, your options are:

  • Invite your RCD* representative to visit and comment on the possible presence of species
  • Invite a CDFW or USFW regulatory official to visit the property and comment on species present
  • For Timber species, invite CalFire to visit to ensure compliance with the Forest Practices Act
  • Request a biological resource assessment performed by a qualified consultant

*Resource Conservation District's (RCD) in Sonoma County: