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    David Court, Jessica Glatzer, Samantha Hard, Kevin Keith, Jennifer McDonald, and Fumitaka Ogushi (2000)

    Prioritizing Sites along the Santa Clara River for Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species

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    Masters thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara.

        

    The Santa Clara River is one of the few rivers in southern California where
    continuous stretches of riparian habitat persist. Although the expansion of
    agriculture and urban development has reduced the extent of riparian habitat, these
    areas continue to support a number of threatened and endangered species. As a
    result of a 1994 oil spill, a trustee council was formed to appropriate a $7.1 million
    settlement for the acquisition and future restoration of land along the Santa Clara
    River. The Trustee Council requested our assistance in determining which parcels
    of land would be most appropriate for acquisition.
    Combining a Geographic Information System (GIS) with a computer-aided
    site selection model, we evaluated parcels for the conservation of potential habitat
    for eight threatened and endangered species. All the parcels were within the 500-
    year floodplain of the Santa Clara River. Criteria used to assess these sites included
    the amount and contiguity of habitat, as well as the cost of land.
    Based upon an analysis of the model results, we recommended 38 parcels,
    clustered in two areas of the river, for purchase. The area of these parcels totaled
    approximately 2000 acres. It is hoped that our results and recommendations will
    not only provide guidelines for the conservation of riparian habitat along the Santa
    Clara River, but will also provide a framework for others faced with the challenge
    of prioritizing land for acquisition.


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