GOLDEN STATE BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE
California contains extraordinary biological diversity and a world-class array of ecosystems, including rugged ocean beaches, snowy mountain peaks, oak woodlands, remnant grasslands, scenic deserts, and lush forests. These diverse areas contain some of the most species-rich lands in the world. And despite the environmental advances of the past three decades, California's ecosystems and biological diversity continue to decline at unacceptable rates. Logging, grazing, dam building, road construction, mining, and poorly regulated development are leading California toward irreversible ecological collapse.
Twenty-one animal species have been driven to extinction in California in recent years. Another 17 species have been extirpated, and at least 34 plants are presumed extinct. As many as 599 plants and 306 vertebrate species are declining or seriously at risk, including 64 percent of the state's native fish. These numbers will only grow as California's population increases to a projected 15 million-plus people by 2020, bringing new pressures to already severely stressed ecosystems.
To save California's endangered species, open spaces, and wild places, the Center is revolutionizing environmental protection in the Golden State. In just a few short years we have, among other actions:
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