Habitat 2020 Committee

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Preserving our Natural and Agricultural Legacy


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Habitat 2020, ECOS’ Habitat & Conservation committee, meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, in the large conference room at Mogavero Notestine Associates, 2012 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

All who are interested are welcome to attend!

The great Central Valley of California has been identified by the World Wildlife Fund as one of North America’s most endangered eco-regions. Preserving its remaining open space and agricultural land is essential for sustaining native plants and wildlife, and ensuring a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

Habitat 2020 is the Habitat & Conservation committee for ECOS, and a coalition that works to protect the lands, waters, wildlife and native plants in the Sacramento region.

Habitat 2020 is a coalition of environmental organizations collaborating on common issues in and affecting, the Sacramento region. Members of Habitat 2020 include the Sacramento Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society, Friends of Swainson’s Hawk, Save the American River Association, Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Sierra Club Mother Lode chapter – Sacramento group, Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and the Sacramento Area Creeks Council.

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Highlights of Habitat 2020’s Recent Achievements

Won some major victories, including the successful effort to defeat Elk Grove’s LAFCo request to expand its Sphere of Influence and urbanize 8000 (or whatever acreage is accurate) acres of high quality wildlife foraging habitat. After five years of outreach and coordination with many regional partners, residents and officials, LAFCO denied the application by a convincing 5-2 margin in November. This is perhaps the environmental community’s biggest Sacramento victory in 20 years.

Worked with SACOG for the development of a regional open space strategy using the Habitat 2020 vision of the California Heartland Project. SACOG has established funding sources to continue work on this regional plan, with ECOS and Habitat 2020 as partners. The scope of work is currently being drafted for this ongoing planning process.
Sustained and coordinated participation in key regional conservation issues including:

  • the Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG)’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and SB 375 implementation
  • the Sacramento Water Forum Agreement, working to develop a Flow Management Standard for the ecological health of the American River, as well as securing sustainable surface and ground water supplies for regional residents
  • the South Sacramento County Habitat Conservation Plan, working to establish the strongest mitigation strategy possible with regional stakeholders.
  • the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, working, in coordination with the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association, to greatly improve the mitigation for terrestrial impacts of the project in south Sacramento County.

We also worked with the Capital Southeast Connector JPA to implement terms of ECOS’ Settlement Agreement with the JPA. We are seeking to strategically direct mitigation to limit the growth- inducing impacts of the project while simultaneously protecting important agricultural land and wildlife habitat.

Collaborated with and informed other members, committees and organizations in ECOS about habitat issues. For example, Habitat 2020 Co-chairs participated in shaping the continuing ECOS/Sierra Club litigation against Sacramento County for the approval of the Cordova Hills, a case that will have precedent setting implications for the region and throughout the state. Continued to grow our outreach in the region in various venues, including our work with Save Our Sandhill Cranes to establish the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour as a hallmark event for Sacramento’s environmental movement.


ECOS is the 501 c(3) fiscal agent of Habitat2020.

Tax deductible donations can be made directly to Habitat 2020.

Payable to: Habitat 2020

Address: Habitat 2020
c/o Environmental Council of Sacramento
PO Box 1526
Sacramento CA, 95812



Rob Burness
rmburness [at] comcast [dot] net

Sean Wirth
wirthsoscranes [at] yahoo [dot] com

You can also contact:

Matthew Baker, Habitat Director
habitat [at] ecosacramento [dot] net