Support the Wildlife Corridor Zones
Wildlife corridors link fragmented areas of habitat through open space, allowing wildlife to get to essential core habitat areas for water, food and mating. Until now, Ventura County has not considered impacts to wildlife when granting over-the-counter ministerial permits for structures in the corridors. This first-of-its-kind Wildlife Corridor zoning will allow for both wildlife mobility and human activity.
Over one thousand permits were issued for structures in Ventura County’s wildlife corridors over the last decade. When corridors become blocked off, it forces wildlife to disperse onto roads and into neighborhoods. Keeping the wildlife corridors traversable by wildlife by seeing that new development doesn’t block off the corridors, will help ensure the existence of several wildlife species in our region.
After a unanimous vote to recommend adoption of the proposed Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridor zone at their January 31, 2019 meeting, the Ventura County Planning Commission’s recommendation will now be considered by the Board of Supervisors for adoption at their meeting March 12.
DATE: March 12, 2019
TIME: 1 PM – 5 PM
PLACE: 800 S. Victoria Street, Ventura CA 93003
Here’s what you need to know:
This Could Help Bird Migration
Ventura County’s Large Variety of Wildlife Depends on Us
Ventura County hosts an abundance of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, various reptiles, amphibians, bird and fish species, as well as threatened and endangered species including California condors, coastal California gnatcatcher, least bell’s vireos, and red-legged frogs, among others.
Wildlife Corridor Zones Won’t Interfere with Wildfire Protection
Protecting wildlife and protecting homes from fire are two non-conflicting goals of the proposed Wildlife Corridor zoning ordinance. Property owners will still have to clear brush away from their structures, and controlled burns are still allowed. In sum, says the Fire Chief, the Fire Department still has “the ability to maintain vegetation management and fuel treatments in the proposed wildlife corridors.”
Our County’s Cities Support Wildlife Corridor Zones
Kudos to Ventura County cities for representing the values of their citizens! Thank you to the cities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Ojai for their letters of support for Ventura County’s proposed Wildlife Corridor zone! Your cities know that we all benefit when we design with consideration for the preservation of nature.
Don’t Fence Me In!
While all existing fencing is exempted, and it only applies to new wildlife-impermeable fences in the Open Space and Agricultural zones, it’s important to note that the Wildlife Corridor zone exempts impermeable fences around crops, and around homes up to 50-feet away.
- VCMRA Information on Wildlife Corridors
- Overall review of the South Coast Missing Linkages Regional Report
- Detailed report on the methods used to develop the linkage design for the Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Connection.
- Previous meetings:
- June 8, 2017 Meeting Presentation is attached here.
- June 8, 2017 Meeting Notes are attached here.
- August 8, 2017 Meeting Presentation is attached here.
- August 8, 2017 Meeting Notes are attached here.
- August 14, 2018 Meeting Presentation is attached here.
- August 14, 2018 Meeting Notes are attached here.
- RSVP and ask questions on Facebook
- If you have questions regarding this project or wish to be added to the interested parties list, please e-mail Wildlife.Corridors@ventura.org.