The State Wildlife Action Plan is updated every 10 years. It’s not mandatory but guides conservation strategies to protect plants and animals.
Armand Gonzales with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the updated plan will consider the effects of climate change on habitats.
The department also wants to look at managing ecosystems rather than individual species.
“Focusing on the ecosystem, focusing on the habitat, actually has a greater benefit," says Gonzales. "You not only benefit the listed species that depend on that habitat, but you benefit all the other species that live there as well.”