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SJCOG Inc. logoMultispecies Habitat Conservation & Open Space Plan
The key purpose of the San Joaquin County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation and Open Space Plan (SJMSCP or Plan), is to:

  • Provide a strategy for balancing the need to conserve Open Space and the need to Convert Open Space to non-Open Space uses while protecting the region's agricultural economy.
  • Preserve landowner property rights.
  • Provide for the long-term management of plant, fish and wildlife species, especially those that are currently listed, or may be listed in the future, under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) or the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
  • Provide and maintain multiple-use Open Space which contribute to the quality of life of the residents of San Joaquin County.
  • Accommodate a growing population while minimizing costs to project proponents and society at large.

Area Growth
San Joaquin County's past and future (2001-2051) growth has affected and will continue to affect 97 special status plant, fish and wildlife species in 52 vegetative communities scattered throughout San Joaquin County's 1,400 square miles and 900,000 acres, which include 43% of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta's Primary Zone.