California Court Upholds Novel Ordinances that Safeguard Wildlife Corridors

The Ventura County Superior Court issued a ruling, which has not yet been finalized, upholding Ordinance Number 4537 and Ordinance Number 4539, a pair of novel local ordinances that were enacted on March 12, 2019 to protect the wildlife corridors that connect the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Monica Mountains, and Simi Hills. Habitat connectivity is crucial for the survival of mountain lions, gray foxes, California red-legged frogs, and other wildlife in the region. The ruling comes in response to a legal challenge to enforcement of the ordinances by organizations that seek to preserve private property rights.