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.
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.
Locally Important Animals
Mount Pinos Lodgepole Chipmunk
Locally Important Plants
Weeds Mariposa Lilly - Marc Kummel photo