Summer 2011 Vol 21 No 3
The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants. The EHL Newsletter is published quarterly to chronicle our plans, activities, and successes.
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Special Edition: EHL's 20 Years of Conservation

In May of 1991, the Endangered Habitats League was founded at Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary as a coalition of groups – eventually totaling over 50 – to list the California gnatcatcher as an endangered species.
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Orange County
In Orange County, EHL served on the advisory committee for the NCCP program, which initially built upon tracts of land previously set aside through the land use process.
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San Diego County
The NCCP program was transformative in San Diego, creating a reserve system in the southern half of the county that never otherwise would have come into existence. EHL played a major role in an advisory committee that built enough consensus to enact the program.
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Riverside County
In this rapidly developing region, the NCCP program is truly the only hope for retaining wildlife diversity. Due to remarkable local political leadership, open space was defined as a necessary complement to other infrastructure.
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Los Angeles County

EHL was instrumental in enacting a biologically sound NCCP on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The great majority of the remaining habitat will be protected, especially prime coastal sage scrub.
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San Bernardino County
Without an NCCP program to provide a conservation framework, rare habitats remain highly threatened. EHL has therefore engaged to protect endangered species on a more site-specific basis.
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Conclusion

In its 20 years of existence, EHL has played an important role in protecting habitat in Southern California.
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