The workshop is the third in a series of habitat conservation plan (HCP) workshops that UCR's Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) has taken the lead in organizing.
"A number of local datasets show that species and habitat shifts are already taking place because of climate change," said Allen, a CCB member. "For example, climate change has affected both Joshua trees in the California desert and the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, an endangered species. Our local HCPs have not yet fully considered what needs to be done under climate change. For this upcoming workshop we have therefore invited federal agencies to share and discuss their plans with us."
Habitat conservation planning governs the fate of millions of acres of wildlands across the United States. The plans, which require a complex integration of science, policy and management, have come under some criticism for their lack of strong science.
Because of the Endangered Species Act (1973), which legally required habitat conservation planning, some endangered species such as the bald eagle, were successfully brought back from the edge of extinction. Riverside County alone has approximately 150 species of concern in its plans.
Allen will be joined in organizing the workshop by Cameron Barrows, Thomas Scott and Michael Allen at UCR; and Christopher McDonald at UC Cooperative Extension, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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