Article 7. Recovery Strategy Pilot Program of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 3. >> Chapter 1.5. >> Article 7.

(a) The department may develop and implement a recovery strategy pilot program for coho salmon.
  (b) The department shall seek private and federal funding for implementation of the coho salmon recovery strategy pilot program. No additional state funds may be expended for the implementation of the program until the Legislature specifically appropriates funds for that purpose.
(a) For each species identified pursuant to Sections 2105 and 2106, the department shall assemble a recovery strategy team consisting of, but not limited to, department personnel, other state agency personnel if found by the department to be appropriate, federal agency personnel to the extent permitted by federal law if found by the department to be appropriate, representatives of affected local governments, representatives of affected landowners, and representatives of environmental groups, as well as persons who possess scientific expertise.
  (b) Each recovery team shall work collaboratively to aid the department in developing the recovery strategy for that species for which the recovery team is assembled.
  (c) The department shall consider information from all persons likely to be affected by the implementation of a recovery strategy and from persons knowledgeable in those subject areas pertinent to the species' recovery in developing the recovery strategy for each species.
A recovery strategy for a species shall contain all of the following information:
  (a) An explanation of scientific knowledge and assumptions regarding the biology, habitat requirements, and threats to the existence of the species.
  (b) An explanation of interim and long-term goals and objectives for the conservation of the species. The recovery goals and objectives shall be specifically stated.
  (c) A range of alternative interim and long-term conservation and management goals and activities. An explanation of any recommended activities shall be included in the recovery strategy.
  (d) An estimate of the time and costs required to meet the interim recovery goals for the species, including available or anticipated funding sources, and an initial projection of the time and costs associated with meeting final recovery goals. These costs shall include direct and indirect costs and public and private costs.
  (e) Objective measurable criteria to determine whether the goals and objectives of the recovery strategy are being met and that contain procedures for the recognition of successful recovery, that may include commercial use where appropriate, and downlisting or delisting, if applicable.
  (f) A description of actions and recommendations to implement the recovery strategy. The implementation plan shall include, if appropriate, recommendations to reduce adverse social and economic impacts of implementation of the recovery strategy. These recommendations shall be consistent with the recovery goals and objectives.
  (g) A description of the following elements necessary to achieve the goals of the recovery strategy:
  (1) The availability and use of public lands for the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of the species.
  (2) Methods of private and public cooperation.
  (3) Procedures and programs for notice, education, research, monitoring, and strategy modification.
  (h) The expected time necessary to meet the interim recovery goals and provisions and triggers for review and amendment of the strategy.
  (i) An implementation schedule.
The department shall include general policies to guide the department's issuance of a permit pursuant to Section 2080.1 or 2081 if the department determines, based on the best available scientific information, that the general policies are consistent with the recommended recovery strategy.
After the department submits the recovery strategy to the commission, the commission shall hold a public hearing to consider approval of the recovery strategy. The commission shall approve the recovery strategy if, considering all relevant evidence, the commission finds that the recovery strategy meets all of the following criteria:
  (a) The recovery strategy would conserve, protect, restore, and enhance the species.
  (b) The recovery strategy is supported by the best available scientific data.
  (c) The recovery strategy would recover a formerly commercially valuable species to a level of abundance that would permit commercial use of that species.
  (d) The recovery strategy contains all of the information required by Section 2109.
If the commission does not approve the recovery strategy pursuant to Section 2111 because it could not make all of the necessary findings, it shall specify why the required finding could not be made. If the commission determines that the strategy could be amended to address the issues identified by the commission, it may direct the department to revise the recovery strategy within six months and resubmit it to the commission.
If a recovery strategy for one of the species identified pursuant to Section 2105 or 2106 includes policies to guide the department's issuance of memoranda of understanding pursuant to Section 2081 and the department's consultation procedures pursuant to Section 2090, the department shall develop and adopt rules and guidelines to implement those policies. The rules and guidelines shall be based upon the best available scientific evidence and shall be consistent with the recovery strategy adopted. The rules and guidelines may clearly specify conditions and circumstances under which the taking of a species listed as a threatened species or endangered species would be prohibited by the department, or, conversely, when it would not require a memorandum of understanding pursuant to Section 2081.
After approval of a recovery strategy by the commission, the department shall consult with the recovery strategy team assembled for that species pursuant to Section 2107 and report to the commission on an annual basis on the status and progress of the implementation of the recovery strategy. The strategy shall be the basis for the species reviews pursuant to Section 2077.
If the commission elects to authorize the preparation of a recovery strategy prior to or in conjunction with a decision to add a species to a list pursuant to Section 2075.5, the required rulemaking pursuant to subdivision (b) of that section shall be delayed not more than one year, which the commission may extend for not more than an additional six months, until a final determination is made on the recovery strategy. The rulemaking proceedings shall include all policies, rules, or guidelines adopted pursuant to Sections 2111 and 2112 and shall consider the recovery strategy and information received in its development and adoption. The recovery strategy itself shall have no regulatory significance, shall not be considered to be a regulation for any purpose, including the rulemaking provisions of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and is not a regulatory action or document.
The two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) appropriated in the Budget Act of 1997 for the purposes of this article shall be used for the Greater Sandhill crane. Any money that is not used to develop a recovery plan for that species may be used by the department to implement the recovery plan for that species. Section 2098 does not apply to any costs relating to this article.
This article does not affect the recovery strategy for coho salmon prepared by the department in August 2003. This article does not affect regulations adopted pursuant to Section 2112 by the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, or preclude that board from amending those regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). This article does not change the existing requirements for the issuance of incidental take permits pursuant to Section 2081.
This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2017, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date. However, this section does not apply to a recovery strategy that is approved or implemented pursuant to this article on or before January 1, 2017, and those recovery strategies, and any permits or memoranda of understanding relating thereto, shall remain effective as if this article had not been repealed.