Several agencies work to protect Stephen's Kangaroo Rat under their respective management plans. The challenge is that each of the plans have different methodologies or requirements. The Bureau of Land Management awarded a grant to the RCHCA to develop a Species Rangewide Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan for the Stephen’s Kangaroo Rat, which is intended to help agencies responsible for SKR conservation be more efficient and effective in using their limited resources to systematically manage and track changes in SKR habitat quality, population numbers, and threats.
RCHCA is working in partnership with Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop the plan. When implemented, this plan will coordinate species management and monitoring of SKR throughout its geographical range which includes Northern San Diego County. This working group consists of military agencies, private and public landowners, and other regulatory agencies. The plan will also include genetic protocols developed by Dr. Debra Shier from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.