In an effort to protect the endangered California Tiger Salamander population while simultaneously improving the difficult permitting process for projects in the salamander’s 12,000 acres of local habitat, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted this week to develop a regional conservation strategy. With an estimated price tag of about $1.4 million, the resolution – which echoes a similar plan underway in Sonoma County – looks to create a conservation team comprised of environmentalists, landowners, developers, county and city representatives, California Fish and Game, and United States Fish and Wildlife. The team will iron out specific strategies of maintainable conservation during the next four years. The resolution also calls for a reevaluation of the strategy before the county enters into a memorandum of understanding with any wildlife agencies.

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