Volume 14 - No. 2 - Spring 2004

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· Habitat funding in San Diego: Gold at the end of the rainbow?

· Pocket mice find a home in Dana Point

· Beasts and Botany by Jess Morton

· NCCP falls behind schedule in Orange County

· SANDAG’s Regional Comprehensive Plan released for public review

· EHL in the News

· Poetry by Jess Morton

The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the regionís inhabitants. The EHL Newsletter is published quarterly to chronicle our plans, activities, and successes.

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Habitat funding in San Diego: Gold at the end of the rainbow?

On April 9, 2004, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) voted to include $850 million for habitat acquisition and management in the reauthorization of TransNet, the countywide 1/2-cent sales tax used to fund transportation projects. This vote is a milestone in EHL’s multiyear effort to secure the funds necessary to protect tens of thousands of acres of natural lands.

EHL has been a lead negotiator for this funding, which is structured as mitigation for the transportation projects.  From our perspective, it is about half the amount needed for regional habitat plans, such as the San Diego Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Program (MSCP). The TransNet funding is linked to our overall “smart growth” strategy, which includes an improved transit system and walkable communities. Also strategically linked is EHL’s work to establish a land management coalition – the Conservation Resources Network – which will institutionalize non-profit land trusts as long-term partners in managing and monitoring reserve lands.

The vote on TransNet will occur in the November 2004 election, and will require a 2/3 majority to pass. If the measure does not pass this November, EHL will remain engaged through subsequent TransNet ballot measures.

 


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