Preserving our Natural and Agricultural Legacy
Habitat 2020 is the Habitat Conservation Committee of the Environmental Council of Sacramento, and represents its own coalition that works to protect the lands, waters, wildlife and native plants in the Sacramento region. 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.
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, the International Dark-Sky Association and the Sacramento Area Creeks Council.
In response to neglect that the many natural treasures of the Sacramento Valley have received, Habitat 2020 has developed the California Heartland Project, a comprehensive conservation plan for the Sacramento region. Click here to learn more.
Priorities for Habitat 2020 in 2016
Highlights of Habitat 2020’s 2015 Achievements
- Advanced the California Heartland Project vision, working with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for the development of a regional open space strategy
- aided in development the Draft Scope Of Work for SACOG’s “Working Landscapes” regional stakeholder initiative to establish the regional conservation strategy, augmenting the Work being done by the Rural Urban Connections Strategy
- coordinated SACOG’s SOW with that of the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment (ICE) to established the foundation for development of an unprecedented conservation data-base and natural resource modeling tool to inform the ongoing development of the regional strategy. This work has been successfully contracted and has begun as of August 2015
- aided in the successful negotiation of the terms of the MOU between SACOG and the Capitol Southeast Connector for the pending transfer of funding, per the ECOS-Connector Settlement agreement, for development of the regional strategy
- coordinated development of a draft proposal by UCD ICE to perform necessary research for the development of the Conservation Commodities Market investment mechanism concept
- Sustained and coordinated participation in key regional processes:
- the Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG)’s 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Update, 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
- The Aerojet Community Advisory group, facilitating public engagement for the hazardous waste cleanup of the Aerojet site
- In coordination with the Mather community members, SacSplash, and other regional stakeholders, convinced the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to take an irresponsible development plan for Mather field back to the drawing board preserving some of the regions most valuable vernal pools
- Worked with the Capital Southeast Connector JPA to implement terms of ECOS’ Settlement Agreement with the JPA 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, and provided essential support in raising funds for this litigation
- Contributed and helped coordinate engagement and commentary on numerous land use proposals and policies including, the City of Sacramento General Plan and Urban Forest ordinance, Folsom south of US 50 expansion, continued proposals for Elk Grove Sphere of Influence expansion, and urban expansion of the Natomas Vision
- 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–promoting awareness on the region’s challenges, and opportunities, for biodiversity preservation as well as raise funds for the ongoing work of the California Heartland Project
ECOS is the 501 c(3) fiscal agent of Habitat 2020.
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
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Habitat 2020 Co-Chairs:
rmburness [at] comcast [dot] net
wirthsoscranes [at] yahoo [dot] com
You can also contact:
Matthew Baker, Land Use and Conservation Policy Director
habitat [at] ecosacramento [dot] net