California - Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat

State: California
Region: Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (CVMSHCP) is a regional conservation plan that will add over 240,000 acres of permanently conserved open space and protect 27 species, safeguarding the desert's natural heritage for future generations. The CVMSHCP provides a regional vision for balanced growth to meet the requirements of federal and state endangered species laws and helps to expedite development including transportation improvement projects, while promoting enhanced opportunities for recreation, tourism and job growth.

The aerial perspective allows us to see the diversity and interconnectedness of this valley, and proximity to cities.  The wildlife corridors that will be protected by the CVMSHCP also have the potential for connecting the Coachella Valley to Joshua Tree National Park via a number of proposed trails. Development is proposed at Shavers Valley, where wildlife crosses into Joshua Tree National Park, which could have large-scale impacts on this scenic area.  Dos Palmas, which drains into the Salton Sea, is one of the few places in the valley with a constant supply of water and includes a rich array of desert habitats, and is home to the endangered desert pupfish.

The the Coachella Valley Preserve was established by the first regional habitat conservation plan to balance development and protection of an endangered species, the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard which has a perfectly shaped head designed, for diving head first into the soft windblown sand dunes.