Habitat Committee

The Habitat Committee is Habitat 2020, a 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. The Habitat Committee has one subcommittee, Habitat Acquisition and Protection.  Water was also a subcommittee until recently when it became its own ECOS committee. 

Check this repository of documents for supporting materials for the Habitat Committee.

Photo by Ron Maertz

The California Heartland Project

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.

Our Vision is a future where nationally and internationally significant natural habitats and wildlife-friendly agricultural lands of the Sacramento Region’s Heartland – vernal pools, California prairie, riparian forests, freshwater marshes, oak savanna, and chaparral – are protected, connected, and conserved.

Our Mission is to create a connected network of parks, preserves, and conservation easements on working farms and ranches – creating access to open space for education and recreation, protecting the unique biological diversity found in the Sacramento Valley, and conserving our agricultural heritage: to spread our vision; to identify, protect, and connect our natural treasures; to seek the means and mechanism to implement the vision; and to promote cooperation and coordination of local governments, organizations, and the public. View the Habitat 2020 Vision Map (PDF).

Stay tuned for upcoming new maps and GIS resources for the entire six county region.