Federal agencies partner to conserve coastal California gnatcatcher

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SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have developed a Recovery Crediting System for the federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) on non-federal lands in Southern California. The Service listed the gnatcatcher as threatened in 1993, primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation resulting from urban and agricultural development and other associated factors. The Gnatcatcher RCS will establish new conservation lands contributing to the recovery of the gnatcatcher and increase training flexibility on Southern California Marine Corps installations. “Finalization of the RCS is an important milestone in our cooperative effort to balance wildlife conserv
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