El Dorado County is updating its General Plan (GP) Biological Resources Policies, and we have an opportunity to comment on the proposals. Land use affects everything about our quality of life, from how close our neighbors are to how crowded our roads. It also impacts the natural environment, including wildlife, oak woodlands, sensitive plants and water supplies.
The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation’s (CSNC) is particularly concerned about our fast-disappearing oak woodlands and the effect on wildlife habitat and movement. The County plans to “mitigate” losses of oak woodland by purchasing development rights on grazing lands far from where wildlife is being threatened. Since those remote grazing lands are highly unlikely ever to be developed anyway, this so-called mitigation is a net loss for wildlife habitat and does nothing to protect important habitat and corridors actually being used by wildlife.
CSNC is proposing an alternative, asking the County to analyze where wildlife actually lives and provide long-term refuges and corridors for them to move about. If the County does nothing for wildlife, their movement and migration corridors will be eliminated, and any future potential to provide for them will disappear. Preserving some of the Highway 50 corridor habitat for wildlife will also help curb some of the dense growth there, as well as the resulting additional traffic.
You can make a difference for both wildlife and your future, by supporting our Conservation Alternative. CSNC is developing and will present to the County a feasible alternative that will protect oak woodlands and the wildlife that depends on them. Primarily, we are asking the County to analyze an alternative that provides wildlife corridors along Highway 50, where wild animals are most constrained.
CSNC’s Conservation Alternative will:
- Analyze “corridors” where wildlife might cross highways if able to do so.
- Provide for directing mitigation funds to preserve habitat.
- Link public lands to form refuges for wild animals.
Comments on the El Dorado County General Plan are due by August 15, 2016. Please indicate your support for CSNC’S Conservation Alternative, which will provide analysis of the actual impacts to wildlife and oak woodlands.
Support CSNC’s Conservation Alternative!