Scientists Submit Opinion on Survival of California Condor Under Tejon Ranch Plan

(FRAZIER PARK July 7, 2009 9:30 a.m.)—A consortium of scientists who are specialists in recovery of the California Condor from the brink of extinction have submitted their evaluation of a habitat conservation plan (HCP) proposed by Tejon Ranch Company and DBM Associates, Inc. for the development of Tejon Mountain Village.

The HCP seeks to secure "incidental take permits" for 27 species, including the California Condor.

The comments from the scientists are included here.

Also posted are comments from the Center for Biological Diversity which chose not to participate in the Tejon Ranch Conservancy pact. The five organizations that did become part of that agreement did so at the cost of forfeiting the right to participate in the public debate regarding the impact of Tejon Ranch’s development plans on the well-being of threatened and endangered species.


Click to read Comments from Scientists on the TUMSHCP (52 KB PDF)

Click to read Comments from the Center for Biological Diversity (5.2 MB PDF)

This is part of the July 03, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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