CERTIFIED BIOLOGICAL CONSULTANT LIST
PROTECTED TREES IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
OAK Trees and Oak Woodlands
Oaks are protected as a significant historical, aesthetic, and ecological resource. Oak woodlands are a collection of trees that provide a special place for more than 5,000 animal and insect species, and hundreds of other plant species.
Visit Oak Woodlands Conservation Management Plan for more information.
The western Joshua tree was listed as a Candidate species for listing under the California Endangered Species Act on October 9, 2020. As a Candidate species, the Joshua tree has full protection under state law.
The Joshua tree is also protected under the Significant Ecological Area (SEA) ordinance, and any impacts to Joshua trees requires an SEA Conditional Use Permit.
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One of the most critical elements for maintaining the County’s environmental quality and biological diversity, is the linkage of natural areas. These linkages promote healthy biological populations and increase their resilience against environmental impacts, including climate change.
Read the Guidance for Evaluating Impacts on Wildlife Movement in LA County for more information.