Welcome to RMA

The Resource Management Agency strives to ensure that its customer service standards are consistent with the Agency’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the Resource Management Agency, in cooperation with the public and our partner agencies, is to protect the consumer and community’s health, safety and environment by carrying out adopted laws and policies, and educating, assisting and empowering Ventura County residents and businesses to be good stewards of the land and our resources.


In addition, RMA has identified those core values which will guide us in carrying out our mission. These values are directly related to our customer service and include:

  • Honesty, hard work and ethical behavior

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Equitable treatment and respect of all constituents

  • Excellence in service delivery

The Ventura County General Plan identifies Locally Important Species as significant biological resources to be protected from incompatible land uses and development (see Goal COS-1 and Policy 1.1). To ensure consistent identification of Locally Important Species, the listing criteria and process is established in the Biological Resources Section of the Initial Study Assessment Guidelines. Together the General Plan and Initial Study Assessment Guidelines require that Locally Important Species be included in all biological resource assessments for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.

The Locally Important Plants and Animals lists can be found using the links below.  If you think a species should be added or removed, please see the bottom of this page for more details on how to update the Locally Important Species Lists.

Locally Important Animals


Mount Pinos Lodgepole Chipmunk

Locally Important Plants


Weeds Mariposa Lilly - Marc Kummel photo

List Update

The Planning Division maintains the Locally Important Species lists and updates the lists if changes are warranted. Proposals for additions to or removals from the Locally Important Species List may be submitted by filling out a Ventura County Locally Important Species Data Form and by submitting the form with citations for the sources of information that support statements about a species’ populations, range, important habitats, and status. The data forms, procedures, and criteria for selection are provided in the links below:

Submissions for species removals or additions to the lists are accepted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or via postal mail to: Attn: Abigail Convery, Ventura County Resource Management Agency-Planning Division, 800 S. Victoria Ave., L #1740, Ventura, CA 93009-1740. For additional questions, please contact Abigail Convery at 805-654-2489 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Locally Important Species List was last reviewed and updated in 2018, which resulted in the removal of the following four plant species: Largeflower hawksbear (Crepis occidentalis), Torrey’s cryptantha (Cryptantha torreyana), Petit long-spurred plectritis (Plectritis ciliosa), and White plectritis (Plectritis macrocera).; No new plants were added to the list.; There are currently 307 plants and 13 animals on the County’s Locally Important Species Lists.

The deadline for submittal of Species Data Forms is July 31st of each year. If no recommendations are received by July 31st, the annual review is considered complete for that year. As of July 31, 2021, no new proposals for additions or removals to the Locally Important Species Lists were received.

Notifications for the Locally Important Species Program

EMAIL LISTSERV: Please complete the form below to receive important email announcements associated with the County’s Locally Important Species program, including  the release of the draft Locally Important Species list before it is finalized each year.
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