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Tribal Communication and Consultation

CDFW's mission is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. CDFW recognizes that many of its proposed activities may significantly impact the interests of California Native American tribes. It is committed to consulting with tribes about fish, wildlife, and plant issues, assessing and avoiding to the extent practicable any potential impact of CDFW  activities on tribal interests, and providing tribes with meaningful opportunities to participate in decision-making processes that affect tribal interests.

CDFW, out of respect for tribal sovereignty and the unique and separate governmental status of tribes, seeks and encourages collaborative relationships with tribes, including for the co-management of resources, where appropriate. CDFW has adopted a link opens in new windowTribal Communication and Consultation Policy to help establish and foster these relationships. That policy is the foundation of CDFW’s efforts to work cooperatively, communicate effectively, and consult with tribes. It establishes a formal process for engaging in government-to-government consultations. The policy implements and builds on Executive Order B-10-11 and the California Natural Resources Agency Tribal Consultation Policy.

In order to have a meaningful link opens in new windowTribal Communication and Consultation Policy, the Director has appointed a Tribal Liaison for CDFW. The Tribal Liaison coordinates the communication and consultation efforts of CDFW, responds to tribal inquiries, and advises the Director on policy matters relating to tribal affairs. At the request of a tribe, the Tribal Liaison will help facilitate government-to-government consultations or other meetings with CDFW staff as appropriate.

Download CDFW’s link opens in new windowTribal Communication and Consultation Policy. The Tribal Liaison can be reached by email tribal.liaison@wildlife.ca.gov, by phone (916) 651-7653, or by mail at Tribal Liaison, Office of the General Counsel, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1341, Sacramento, CA 95814.

CEQA Tribal Notification Request Process

The California Environmental Quality Act, Public Resources Code section 21080.3.1, requires a lead agency to consult in certain instances with a California Native American tribe that is traditionally and culturally affiliated with the geographic area of a proposed project. The tribe must request that the lead agency provide it with formal notification of the proposed project and, upon receiving notice from the lead agency, must respond in writing within 30 days to request consultation.

If a tribe would like to request an opportunity for consultation under the California Environmental Quality Act when CDFW is a lead agency for a proposed project, the tribe should send its request to the Tribal Liaison by email tribal.liaison@wildlife.ca.gov or by mail at Tribal Liaison, Office of the General Counsel, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1341, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please include a list of California counties that include any portion of the tribe’s traditionally and culturally affiliated geographic area or a map of that area.

See the link opens in new windowlist of the tribes (PDF) that have requested an opportunity for consultation with CDFW under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Additional Non-CDFW Tribal Resources


CDFW Office of the General Counsel
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1341
Sacramento, CA 95814

For information about the Office of the General Counsel, please contact:
    Ruby Cornejo
    (916) 651-1459
    FAX (916) 654-3805