Major Settlement Helps Save Toads, Fight Climate Change
Some good news for endangered arroyo toads and other species, as well as the climate: The Center and allies have secured a legal agreement over a Southern California development that will combat the project's carbon footprint and require permanent, significant wildlife-protection measures.
The precedent-setting settlement -- reached Friday over the massive "Tapestry" development planned for Hesperia, Calif. -- protects more than 1,070 acres of wildlands, connects open spaces through wildlife corridors, and removes threats to arroyo toads like off-road vehicles and cattle. It also requires the generation of 2 kilowatts of rooftop solar energy for every 1,000 square feet of development -- which, beyond the obvious climate benefits, will set a standard that future developers can, and should, follow to meet California's climate change goals.
Read more in the Daily Press.