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)

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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 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.

*Note:  The 30-day public review period has been extended until March 23, 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

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Mount Pinos Lodgepole Chipmunk

Locally Important Plants

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Weeds Mariposa Lilly - Marc Kummel photo