Resolution on Protecting the Real-life Habitats of Threatened and Endangered Species

Whereas, threatened and endangered species do not recognize the artificial boundaries of environmentally protected areas; these species often use supporting habitats adjacent to such protected areas and, as a result, these supporting habitats play an important role in maintaining and increasing the populations of the threatened and endangered species that use them; and

Whereas, protecting threatened and endangered species (along with species recognized as having a sensitive conservation status) in these outlying areas will require ongoing monitoring and new laws, such as requiring that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be made whenever major changes are planned within 1,500 feet of a protected area; even small changes in these outlying areas, such as retaining trees or choosing what time of the year trees are trimmed, can make a big difference; and

Whereas, in December of 2014, 650+ trees were chopped down and removed from a historical part of the Ballona Wetlands in Marina Del Rey; there is evidence that Monarch Butterflies used these trees in their migration and there was no EIR prepared and the public was not given full or proper notice of the planned tree removal;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party strongly urges the California Legislature to develop legislation that increases the footprint of protection of habitats used by threatened and endangered species to include those outlying areas that surround already environmentally protected areas; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party will communicate this resolution to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins.

Submitted by Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
Written by Marcia Hanscom

Adopted by LACDP 4/14/15

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