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22,000 Acres Designated as Critical Habitat

November 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 22,000 acres in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties as critical habitat for two rare oak woodland plants.

About 17,210 acres of critical habitat are being proposed for the purple amole, most of it on federally owned military land in northern San Luis Obispo and southern Monterey counties. Another 4,770 acres are proposed for the Camatta Canyon amole in southeastern San Luis Obispo County.

Critical habitat refers to specific areas essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species that may require special management considerations.

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