Priority Conservation Areas

Table 2: Priority Conservation Area Benefits and Criteria


Criteria Required and (Optional)

Data Sources for Evaluation

Terrestrial (Land) Ecosystems
  • Protects land within Conservation Lands Network (CLN)
    1. Essential
    2. Important,
    3. Fragmented, or
    4. For Further Consideration; or
  • Protects Bay Area Critical Linkage
  • (Protects Other Critical Habitat)
  • USFWS Critical Habitat Portal
  • Locally identified data
Aquatic (Water) Ecosystems
  • Protects wetlands identified in Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals; or
  • Protects subtidal Habitat identified in Subtidal Habitat Goals; or
  • Protects stream identified as a Stream Conservation Target in the CLN
  • (Protects Other Important Features) e.g. Nationally Important Marine Features
  • Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Water Supply and Water Quality
  • Protect urban water supply
    • Reservoir Catchment Area
    • Aquifer recharge zone
    • Critical stream
    • Priority stream; or
  • Support watershed health
Agricultural Resources and Economy
  • Supportive of local or state agricultural policy
  • General Plans/Other Land Use Plans
  • Completes contiguous area of farm or grazing lands
  • Supports production on soil with reduced environmental impacts from agriculture
  • Local Data
Community Health
  • Improve access to neighborhood parks in areas with high park need
  • Increase/complete urban tree canopy
  • Increase urban tree cover in areas expected to experience urban heat island effect
  • Local Data (e.g. tree inventories)
  • Heat Island Effect Source
  • Supports Local Climate Action Plan/Greening Plan Goals related to Urban Greening
  • Local Climate Action Plans
  • Increase tree canopy, food access, and/or park access in Community of Concern
  • Proposed Regional Trails
    • Bay Trail
    • Ridge Trail
  • Acreage of regional park added
  • (Local data sources)
Climate and Resilience
  • Protect and/or Increase Areas with Carbon storage potential; or
  • Address Hazard Risk in Open Spaces (earthquake, flood, sea level rise)
Compact Growth
  • Protect land with open space benefits with high development pressure and adjacent open spaces;
  • Support stable urban edges; or
  • Support adopted open space policy protection measures
  • Local General Plans

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