County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Regional Conservation Strategy

conservationThis project was discontinued on March 25, 2008.

The objective of this project was to establish a long-term regional conservation strategy (RCS) to improve protection for the California tiger salamander (CTS) and potentially other threatened or endangered species within its habitat range, while simultaneously improving the land development process for landowners within the CTS range in northern Santa Barbara County. Implementation of the plan or strategy would enable the protection of stakeholders’ (public and private) land use interests, provide predictability and streamlined processes in land use permitting within the CTS range, and provide long-term protection for covered species and their habitat.

The Regional Conservation Strategy was initiated by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on March 28, 2006. An advisory committee, the Conservation Steering Committee (CSC), was formed by the Board of Supervisors in April 2007 to advise staff in the development and implementation of the Regional Conservation Strategy draft plan. The CSC represented the various stakeholder interests in the project, including ranchers, farmers, developers, regulatory agencies, and environmental scientists and conservationists. Between April 2007 and February 2008, the CSC brought differing perspectives to the table and engaged in productive and cooperative discussions regarding endangered species regulation and the various impacts the CTS listing has had on a variety of activities. As a result of this process, a wealth of information has been assembled related to endangered species regulation and CTS issues that will assist property owners in their interactions with Federal and State regulators. Information is provided below on the following topics:

On March 25, 2008 the Board of Supervisors voted to discontinue this project due to financial constraints and the significant cost required to prepare and implement a regional conservation strategy.

Contacts:

Dan Klemann, Deputy Director: dklemann@countyofsb.org

Conservation Strategy Committee Meeting Minutes and additional materials:

 

Meeting Date Agenda & Minutes
Additional Materials
Sept 28, 2006

Minutes

 
October 25, 2006

Minutes

 
November 29, 2006

Minutes

 
January 24, 2007

Minutes

 
March 28, 2007

Minutes

 
April 25, 2007

Minutes

May 23, 2007

Minutes

June 27, 2007

Minutes

July

(Cancelled)

 
August 22, 2007

Minutes

 

September 26, 2007

Minutes

October 24, 2007

Minutes

November 28, 2007

Minutes

February 20, 2008