The California Chapter of BHA recently submitted a letter in collaboration with Wildlands Network, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other groups highlighting the importance of considering habitat connectivity in the fledgling 30x30 discussions occurring throughout in the state. 30x30 is a global initiative to conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030, and stems from an increasing body of research finding that efforts to stabilize the climate and avoid permanent loss of biodiversity will require a rapid reduction of land conversion and a strategic conservation of lands and waters. The letter was submitted to the California Natural Resources Agency in response to their request for comments from stakeholders regarding the 30x30 initiative.
Healthy, connected landscapes are essential to support and promote clean water, healthy ecosystems, hunting and angling opportunities, and flood and fire control. The California Chapter has been engaged in regional working groups and 30x30 discussions across the state, advocating for hunting and angling, public access and habitat connectivity to be included in these important, formative discussions. In addition to advocating for sound policy that supports healthy fish and wildlife populations and public lands to hunt and fish, the Chapter has been working on a number of guzzler projects to support bighorn sheep, mule deer and upland game populations in Southern California. Ensuring these species have reliable water sources in a critical drought year is essential to linking habitats and increasing species' resiliency.
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