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Habitat Preservation

Sensitive Lands Analysis

The Regional Open Space Plan has identified steep slopes, floodplains, wetlands, riparian areas, and regional open space parks and preserves as valuable resources in the San Diego region. Strategies and policies are being developed for the long-term protection of these lands. Additionally, multiple species/habitat preserves are being identified and mapped through the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) and Multiple Habitat Conservation Program (MHCP), and procedures are being developed to monitor habitat quality and ecosystem health inside these habitat preserves to ensure the long-term viability of species and their habitats.

Innovative Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies support the close connection between transportation planning and environmental protection. Areas containing sensitive species and habitats are analyzed during the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to identify potential impacts on these areas from future transportation projects. Early identification of the location of these impacts is important to developing cost-effective and timely mitigation strategies.

SANDAG, at the request of the wildlife agencies and the local agencies in the region, has created a GIS-based habitat-tracking tool (HabiTrak). The City and County of San Diego use HabiTrak to prepare their habitat tracking reports. In conjunction with wildlife agencies, procedures for aggregating the HabiTrak data and preparing summary subregional reports have been established.

Project Manager

Keith Greer, Principal Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7390, Email:

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