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The Critical Habitat Project

Using science, policy and education to protect species habitat
while promoting healthy and productive agricultural systems

What's New?

Pesticide inventory completed for Gualala River watershed

Gualala River

Gualala River
photo credit: PT Nunn, 2003

Critical Habitat Project Mission Statement

Healthy ecosystems provide benefits to our environment such as clean water and rich biodiversity. The Critical Habitat Project will improve the recovery and overall health of California's rare and endangered species and their habitats while promoting a viable agricultural sector.

The Project will achieve its goals by working collaboratively with agencies and organizations to identify geographic areas where habitat for rare and threatened species and expanding farming regions overlap. In identified areas, we will inventory the use of toxic synthetic chemicals to accurately assess the risk to species and their habitat, offer landowners less toxic alternatives, and develop materials including informational handouts and data maps for the general public.

Initial Project Focus and Specific Tasks

  • Identify habitat areas for rare, endangered and threatened species
  • Develop and map regional pesticide use inventories
  • Conduct ecological risk assessments for potential risk to species
  • Offer landowners less toxic alternatives
  • Partner with organizations and agencies to share and disseminate materials
  • Mobilize local, state, and federal action to recover vital ecosystems
  • Monitor pesticide use and evaluate program effectiveness by conducting follow-up inventories and assessments in areas exceeding protective thresholds
  • Make all information available to the public

Articles & Reports

Background Information & Pesticide Factsheets

Critical Habitat

§ 316 UCSA 1532 (5)(A) Critical Habitat …the specific areas within the geographical area occupied by a listed endangered or threatened species on which are found those physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species and which may require special management considerations or protection.