San Diego is home to a wide variety of ecosystems with coastal, mountain, and desert areas. A variety of vegetation communities are also present, each with its own unique assemblage of plants and animals. Our biodiversity webpage provides an overview of each vegetation community, along with examples of some commonly found species .
The County of San Diego is coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish & Wildlife to protect sensitive species through the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Plans. Many factors are considered in developing the draft covered species list, including, but not limited to, species distribution, life history, sensitivity and vulnerability to human activities, viability, dependence on conservation, current listing status, and likelihood to be listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in the future under the state or federal endangered species acts. These sensitive species are considered in the modeling and preserve design for each plan, under which the County pursues an incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish & Wildlife for species covered under each plan.
The South County Subarea Plan covers 85 sensitive, rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species. The County is currently working on amending this subarea plan to cover an additional species, the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
The draft North County Plan currently includes 63 sensitive, rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species for coverage.
The proposed East County Plan, which is being developed, has a draft list of 153 sensitive, rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species that would be covered upon adoption.
Management and Monitoring
Information on management and monitoring is provided through the Annual Report and Workshop.
Additional biological data is available on the BIOS website.