Habitat 2020: Preserving our Natural and Agricultural Legacy
The great Central Valley of California has been identified by the World Wildlife Fund as one of North America's most endangered eco-regions. Preserving its remaining open space and agricultural land is essential for sustaining native plants and wildlife, and ensuring a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations. Habitat 2020 is a coalition of environmental organizations collaborating on common issues in, and affecting, the Sacramento region, and acts as the Habitat Conservation Committee of ECOS - working to protect the lands and waters where our wildlife and native plants live in the Sacramento region.
Members of Habitat 2020 include the Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society, Friends of Swainson's Hawk, Save the American River Association, Save Our Sandhill Cranes, the Sierra Club, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Urban Creeks Council.
ECOS is the 501c3 fiscal agent of Habitat 2020.
The California Heartland Project
In response to neglect that the many natural treasures of the Sacramento Valley have received, Habitat2020 has developed the California Heartland Project, a comprehensive conservation plan for the Sacramento region.
A future where nationally and internationally significant natural habitats and wildlife-friendly agricultural lands of the Sacramento Region's Heartland - vernal pools, California prairie, riparian forests, freshwater marshes, oak savanna, and chaparral - are protected, connected, and conserved.
The California Heartland Project seeks to create a connected network of parks, preserves, and conservation easements on working farms and ranches - creating access to open space for education and recreation, protecting the unique biological diversity found in the Sacramento Valley, and conserving our agricultural heritage: to spread our vision; to identify, protect, and connect our natural treasures; to seek the means and mechanism to implement the vision; and to promote cooperation and coordination of local governments, organizations, and the public.
Do you want to get involved? Join us!