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
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:
- Criteria for Locally Important Species
- Procedure for Updating the Locally Important Species List
- Animal Species Data Form
- Plant Species Data Form
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.