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   Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | monterey county

(SCMBC) Local "species at risk" list now online

The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council is pleased to announce that a list of animal species at risk of extirpation in the Santa Cruz Mountains is available online. SCMBC is a biodiversity planning and conservation group for the Santa Cruz Mountains bioregion.

The list is not a compilation of state or federally listed species, but rather looks strictly at our Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion and species likely to be extirpated here within the next 50 years. The list was prepared by local experts for each taxonomic group and will be revised as additional scientific information becomes available. We invite everyone to contribute any credible scientific information about the listed species, or about unlisted species that may warrant addition to the list. Surprisingly, information about the status of many species in the Santa Cruz Mountains is either lacking or difficult to access.

We hope that the sensitive animal list will be used to provide greater consideration for habitat protection of the listed species in any proposed land use changes; recreation plans, management and conservation plans; stream ecosystem modifications or emergency repairs; or new commercial or residential developments.

To this end our Board of Directors encourages the widespread use of this list by land conservancies, park and open space districts, educational institutions, municipal water districts, cities, counties, ABAG, AMBAG, state agencies, federal agencies, as well as the local community of natural resource professionals, environmental consultants, and concerned land owners.

For changes to or deletions from the SCMBC email list, contact Georgia Stigall

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