As you turn the pages of our 2020 Year in Review, you will see inspirational conservation successes from the people of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners who work to protect fish, wildlife, plants, and natural habitats of the central and Southern California coast. This year, we have many successes to celebrate.
As wildland fires swept across the state, we worked with resources agencies and land managers to monitor and assess potential impacts to rare wildlife and their ecosystems. Women scientists worked to save the critically endangered Nipomo Mesa lupine, and the enchanting dune ecosystem it inhabits along the coast of San Luis Obispo County. In Santa Cruz County, we spearheaded the first ever adult translocation of Ohlone tiger beetles in the world to save their species from extinction. We joined many conservation partners to prepare a restoration plan for the Gaviota coast and we helped permanently protect hundreds of acres of rolling hills in Santa Barbara County, preserving a ranching legacy while providing important habitat for endangered species. We also promoted public recreation and shorebird conservation at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County, supporting a plan to provide increased beach access to the local Lompoc community while promoting the recovery of one of California’s tiniest shorebirds. Thank you to our partners and our community for making these success stories and so many others possible.