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Call to Action Meeting: Help Protect California’s Flat-tailed Horned Lizards

Desert Protective Council is sharing this announcement from the Center of Biological Diversity and urges you to participate in this important meeting:

Join us at the Fish and Game Commission hearing, 8 a.m. on December 8, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley/Stadium,
3805 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego. 
This item is fairly early on the agenda so best to get there early! 
Please let the Commissioners know you support listing the flat-tailed horned lizard under the California Endangered Species Act to ensure its survival. The Commission cannot rely on voluntary efforts by federal agencies to protect our California wildlife, particularly not under the new administration. In late 2014 the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect flat-tailed horned lizards—and the commission agreed to consider these vanishing creatures for state Endangered Species Act protection.
Unfortunately, the Department of Fish and Wildlife recently recommended no protection for these lizards based on a review that weighed any uncertainties against protecting this iconic desert species. The Department ignored extensive habitat degradation occurring in many designated “conservation areas” and wrongly concluded that these lizards don’t need the protection of California’s laws. The agency is assuming that voluntary actions by federal agencies will suffice—but that’s a very bad assumption in the face of a new administration.
Please come to the meeting on Dec. 8, fill out a public comment card for item #25, and urge the Commissioners to do the right thing and protect these rare and imperiled lizards.

For more information, contact:

Lisa T. Belenky, Senior Attorney

1212 Broadway, Suite 800
Oakland, CA 94612
ofc (415) 632-5307  
fax (510) 844-7150 
cell (415) 385-5694 
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