Managing Wildlife Damage in California
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Wildlife Services (WS-California), a state office within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are preparing a comprehensive environmental review document to evaluate the impacts of wildlife damage management activities performed across California.
Protecting California’s Agriculture and Natural Environment
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Wildlife Services (WS-California), a state office within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), are preparing a joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to provide comprehensive environmental analysis of current and proposed future wildlife damage management activities undertaken across California. The EIR/EIS will evaluate impacts associated with wildlife damage management activities performed by CDFA and California Counties under CDFA’s proposed Wildlife Damage Management Program (WDMP) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and by WS-California as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The CDFA and WS-California have created this website to provide enhanced access to program information in response to health and safety directives concerning the novel coronavirus.
Here you will be able to:
- View the relevant program materials.
- Access information on how to join the Virtual Scoping Meetings set to occur on October 13 and 27, 2020.
- Provide written or oral comment during the scoping public comment period which will run from September 10 to November 10, 2020.
Public Scoping Process
The CDFA and WS-California are implementing a 60-day public scoping period to solicit input from public agencies and members of the public regarding the development and scope of the EIR/EIS. The purpose of the scoping process is to identify the actions, alternatives, mitigation measures, and significant effects to be evaluated in detail in the EIR/EIS.
The public scoping period began on September 10, 2020 and will conclude on November 10, 2020.