The Endangered Habitats League
Mar. 31, 2002
Endangered Habitats League (EHL) is Southern California's only regional
conservation organization, focusing on endangered species protection
in Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles
Counties. EHL was founded in 1991 at a meeting at Starr Ranch
Audubon Sanctuary. At that time, dozens of groups came together
to advocate endangered species listing for the California Gnatcatcher.
After listing was achieved, the League became a membership organization.
Over the last few years, it has devoted great energy to improving
the quality of the large scale habitat plans - called Natural Community
Conservation Plans - which the listing of the gnatcatcher set in
motion. Its accomplishments include:
the City of Dana Point in Orange County to protect the endangered
Pacific Pocket Mouse within a Headlands Nature Park.
2. Working tirelessly
to create a 172,000 acre preserve in coastal San Diego County, and
gaining improvements for the Burrowing Owl, Golden Eagle, Arroyo
Toad, and Western Pond Turtle. Filing a precedent-setting
lawsuit in San Bernardino County to protect the Dairy Preserve
- some of the last agricultural lands remaining in the greater Los
3. Gaining wilderness
designation for Otay Mountain near the Mexican border.
4. Co-founding the
California Futures Network, to reform State land use planning.
5. Stopping concrete
channelization of tributaries of the Santa Margarita River.
6. Repeatedly defending
two beleaguered endangered species - the Delhi Sands Flower-loving
Fly and the Quino Checkerspot butterfly - from poorly planned development
in the Inland Empire.
7. Playing a key
role in adding 5,000 acres of coastal sage and riparian habitat
at Rancho Jamul to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and in
securing protection for rare plants on San Diego’s last coastal
8. Filing suit to
protect the Saddleback Meadows wildlife corridor linking central
and southern Orange County.
there is much more to be done, according to League Coordinator Dan
1. Preserving the
vast, 30,000 acre "Last Wilderness" of Southern Orange County,
with its priceless streams and woodlands.
2. Protecting the
beautiful, rural San Diego backcountry through a General Plan update.
3. Preventing the
proposed Foothill Transportation Corridor from devastating six federally
listed species at San Onofre State Beach at Orange County's southern
4. Protecting vast
wildlife areas like Vail Lake near Temecula and Potrero Valley near
Beaumont in Riverside's multiple species plan.
5. Restoring steelhead
trout to San Mateo Creek on Camp Pendleton.
remains a small organization, with just two full time staff.
It needs members and financial help. With a membership donation
of any size, EHL will send you their quarterly Newsletter, which
provides updates on conservation across the region and natural history
(which are tax-deductible) may be sent to:
Santa Monica Blvd.
Angeles, CA 90069-4266
If you are interested
in learning more about this great organization, click here
for a link to the EHL newsletters.