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 (Goal 1.5.1)


Early Onion - Allium Praecox

To ensure consistent identification of Locally Important Species, standard criteria for Locally Important Plants and Animals were established in the Biological Resources Section of the Initial Study Assessment Guidelines. The Planning Division maintains a list of plants and animals that meet the criteria for Locally Important Species, and updates the list 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 that form to the Planning Division. It should include citations for the sources of information that support statements about a species’ populations, range, important habitats, and status.

List Update

The Locally Important Species List for 2018 is now available for public review.  The Planning Division, in collaboration with expert biologists with knowledge of the County’s biological resources, reviewed proposed changes to the list which resulted in the removal of 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.  With the 2018 update, there are currently 307 plants on the County’s Important Plant Species List.

The proposed updated Locally Important Plant List can be found at the link below. For all comments on species within the draft list please use the Species Data Forms available below which can be emailed or printed and mailed to the Planning Division.

Final 2017/2018 list update to be completed in 2018. Data forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the Planning Division with attention to Jennifer Welch.

Locally Important Animals


Mount Pinos Lodgepole Chipmunk

Locally Important Plants


Weeds Mariposa Lilly - Marc Kummel photo