Completed: Oct 01, 2001

On the Global and Regional Ecological Significance of Southern Orange County: Conservation Priorities for a Biodiversity Hotspot

Global and regional ecological significance

CBI staff outlined the crucial role that Southern Orange County, California, could play in efforts to conserve biodiversity at both global and regional scales and developed a conservation framework for the area.  Using principles of conservation planning, they delineated four core biological resource units. That must be conserved essentially intact, without further internal fragmentation by development, to continue supporting key species and ecosystem processes. This information was presented by CBI, in support of the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) program for the Southern Orange County NCCP subregion, which is the last best hope to conserve a large, ecologically intact representation of the globally unique coastal foothills and terraces ecosystem of southern California.

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