The STATE listing of the northern spotted owl as an Endangered Species signals a potential problem for designated trails in northern spotted owl habitat. The impact will not be immediate; but, it will be an issue for future consideration during annual travel management reviews. Federal agencies are required to consider state species of concern and ESA lists during their planning efforts.
Basically, the California ESA and the Federal ESA are very close. The primary difference is the Federal ESA will allow for “take” of a species in conjunction with a permitted activity. The California ESA does not accommodate for “take” of a listed species.