U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Sacramento Fish & Wildlife OfficeServing the people, conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of California

A Unit Of The Pacific Southwest Region

Recovery Planning

The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of the Endangered Species Act is the recovery of endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Recovery Planning

The first step in recovery of a listed species is the preparation of a draft recovery plan. This is done by a team that includes Service biologists, outside species experts and other interested parties.

Once the draft is prepared, we request public comment. We post notices about draft recovery plans in the Federal Register. We also publish news releases. We welcome your comments.

Recovery Plans

Recovery in Action

Once a plan has been approved, we go into action to recover the species. This includes protecting and often restoring the habitat in which the species can thrive. Final and draft recovery plans are available from the Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS).

The following NEPA documents have been prepared in support of current Recovery Actions.

Rock Creek Meadow Restoration Project

Recovery Success

The Endangered Species Act requires that we review each listed species at least once every 5 years. We decide whether the species has recovered or need a status change (threatened to endangered or vice versa). See our 5-Year Review Page for more information.

When a species has recovered, we are able to remove it from the endangered species list. We call this delisting.

Last updated: April 3, 2018