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Natural ExperimentsEcosystem-Based Management and the Environment$
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Judith A. Layzer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122986

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122986.001.0001

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Saving San Diego’s Coastal Sage Scrub

Saving San Diego’s Coastal Sage Scrub

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Natural Experiments

Judith A. Layzer

The MIT Press

The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) is a comprehensive, long-term habitat conservation plan that focuses on the acquisition of a 172,000-acre preservation network of biological core areas and wildlife corridors over a 30-year period, in San Diego. The city and county of San Diego have acquired thousands of acres of land from the fund, raised through federal and state assistance, to conserve the biodiversity in the region. Although the MSCP adopts a collaborative, landscape-scale planning process that is based on the predictions of the optimistic model of ecosystem-based management (EBM), it has certain aspects which are more consistent with the pessimistic model of EBM. There are some aspects of the MSCP that reflect on its shortcomings. The preservation lacks buffering, and offers fewer habitats than its total suggested acreage. The major problem with the MSCP is its being development friendly.

Keywords:   Multiple Species Conservation, wildlife corridors, San Diego, ecosystem-based management, habitats

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