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 draft Locally Important Species List for 2018 is now available for public review. In the most recent review period, the Planning Division received nominations for 86 new plants species and 51 nominations for removal. These nominations were reviewed with respect to the County’s criteria by Planning Division staff working in collaboration with expert biologists with knowledge of the County’s biological resources. Proposed changes to the list include the removal of 17 plants currently on the list and the addition of 42 new plants for a total of 311 Locally Important Plants on the revised list. No changes are proposed to the list of Locally Important Animals, which includes 13 species.
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.
- Proposed Locally Important Plant List
- Proposed Locally Important Plant List Additions and Removals List
- Plant Species Data Form
Locally Important Animals
Mount Pinos Lodgepole Chipmunk
Locally Important Plants
Weeds Mariposa Lilly - Marc Kummel photo