Critical Habitat designations in California's Central Coast Region

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This page provides the definition of Critical Habitat and lists designations of Critical Habitat in California's Central Coast Region.

This page was created as part of the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


"Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act requires that Federal agencies must ensure that any activities they authorize, fund or carry out are not likely to destroy or adversely modify the designated Critical Habitat of a listed species." [1]

"NOAA Fisheries designates critical habitat by determining the conservation value of particular areas and balancing the benefits of designation against its impacts (e.g., economic, national security). The proposed designation then goes through a period of public comment before the final rule is published and critical habitat is designated." [1]


Critical Habitat is:[2]

  • Specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the species at the time of listing, if they contain physical or biological features essential to conservation, and those features may require special management considerations or protection
  • Specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species if we determine that the area itself is essential for conservation

Critical Habitat Designations in California's Central Coast Region


Critical Habitat is a very specific thing and should be in capitals.


Special Status Species


  1. 1.0 1.1 NOAA: Critical Habitat on the West Coast
  2. NOAA: Listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)


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