1. Data Improvement and Development
- Federal and state ownership database and map. Includes some
nonprofit fee ownerships and some conservation easements owned by
public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Land Ownership Data provided
by US Bureau of Reclamation, CALFED Bay-Delta Program, and the Resources
- Fire history database update. Completed using 1997-2000 data
and protocols set by CDF and USFS. This database serves as an essential
part to updating a statewide land cover database and as one of the
layers in our analysis of threats to natural resources.
- Census 2000 populated places database complete. This database
will assist the Legacy Project in analyzing urban open space needs.
- An updated vegetation land cover map from existing data sets
has been completed by CDF and will soon be expanded to include the
Mojave Desert. When completed, this will be the most detailed statewide
vegetation dataset available to date. Legacy Project staff is leading
an interagency working group to develop standards that will increase
compatibility among various agency mapping efforts. The long-term
goal of this effort is to develop vegetation data of higher resolution
and greater accuracy.
2. Analytical Maps
- Forest Lands. Shows how the forested lands are distributed
around the state/region and how much is on public land.
- Rare Species/Communities and Predicted Urban Growth. Shows
how some parts of the state/region contain more rare species/communities
than others and that some of these species-rich areas may be at higher
risk of habitat loss due to urban expansion than other areas. You
can also see that some of these high concentration areas occur on
conservation lands (both public and private NGO). California Natural
Diversity Database provided by the California Department of Fish and
Game. Projected Urban Growth data provided by Professor John Landis,
University of California, Berkeley.
- Habitat Linkages. These are some potential habitat linkages
that could be considered in conservation planning. Shows how the vegetation
links areas of natural vegetation and conservation lands. Potential
Habitat Linkages based on "Missing Linkages: Restoring Connectivity
to the California Landscape" report, based on a November 2000
conference hosted by the California Wilderness Coalition, The Nature
Conservancy, the United States Geological Survey, The Zoological Society
of San Diego, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Underrepresented Habitats. Although conservation lands cover
about 50% of the state, they do not include 50% of each habitat type's
statewide distribution. Some habitats are poorly represented on public
lands. Here are those habitats that have less than 20% of their statewide
acreage on conservation lands.
- Important Farmlands and Predicted Urban Growth. Shows the
distribution of important farmlands within the state/region and that
some of these farmlands may be at higher risk of habitat loss due
to urban expansion than other areas. Projected Urban Growth data provided
by Professor John Landis, University of California, Berkeley. Important
Farmlands data provided by the California Department of Conservation
Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program.
- Existing and Potential Urban Open Space. Some urban areas
already have many public lands available for open space uses. Other
urban areas have very little public open space and not much in the
way of natural vegetation that could be used as open space. Other
areas, although low in existing public open space, have large areas
of natural vegetation that could be managed as open space.
3. Decision Support and Analytical Tools for Conservation Planning
- Initial criteria for assessing the conservation value of large-scale
areas have been identified for terrestrial biodiversity, aquatic
biodiversity and watersheds, agricultural croplands, rangelands, forestry,
rural recreation lands and facilities and urban open space. These
criteria will be refined by a broader public at the Project's regional
Spotlight on Conservation Workshops in 2002 and 2003.
- Missing Linkages Project. Legacy Project has provided seed
funding of $25,000 and encouraged private foundations to donate the
nearly $400,000 that the project will require. The Legacy Project
also worked to increase the involvement of key Resource Agency departments.
When completed the State will have plans to protect and restore continuous
wildlife migration corridors between Mexico and the Los Padres Forest
in Ventura County, and between the Southern California Coastline and
the Colorado and Mojave Deserts.
4. Public Outreach and Facilitating Partnership Opportunities
- The Legacy Project has established a 45 member Stakeholder Advisory
Committee, bringing together representatives from local governments,
environmental and environmental justice groups, tribal councils, forestry,
range, agricultural, development and business organizations. At their
second meeting a private lands stewardship incentives working group
- The Project's 32 member Management Advisory Committee has
brought together the directors or managers of state and federal agencies
involved in conservation activities in the state, and NGOs and foundations
that invest in conservation. Among other things, this group will focus
on identifying common statewide data need, cost-sharing for data development
and establishing a internet system to exchange and update conservation
- The Project's Executive Management Advisory Committee consists
of the seven departments, boards and conservancies within the Resources
Agency with the largest role in natural resource protection. It is
chaired by the Secretary for Resources and the Deputy Secretary for
Land Conservation and Stewardship. This Committee will direct the
project based on the input of the other advisory committees and Legacy
- The Legacy project has also developed a website for all of
its publications and does regular outreach to diverse groups throughout
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