Focal species are sensitive species in the RCIS region that will benefit from conservation and habitat enhancement actions described in the RCIS.
Focal species are chosen by the Steering Committee, following CDFW’s focal species guidelines. Focal species must represent the diverse ecosystems within the RCIS region– including grassland, riparian, vernal pools, and seasonal creeks. Through mitigation credit agreements, landowners can receive payments for creating habitat for focal species. For more information on mitigation credit agreements and mitigation projects, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.