COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Natural Heritage Committee Annual Report
Presentation of the Committee’s annual report
Messrs: Tucker, Foley, Cilimberg, Benish, Scott Clark
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 6, 2007
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
On July 6, 2005, the Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of the Natural Heritage Committee. The Committee was described as:
“…an advisory committee that maintains the County’s Biodiversity Assessment; advises the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and County staff on applying biodiversity information to land-use decision-making; and supports biodiversity education in the County.”
See the Natural Heritage Committee Fact Sheet (Attachment A) for more details on the Committee’s charge. The Committee has divided itself into four subcommittees to address major work areas (see the section titled “Mission, Goals, and Strategies” in Attachment B).
Goal One: Enhance the Quality of Life for All Citizens: The existence of healthy living systems is an important factor in citizens’ quality of life.
Goal Two: Protect the County’s Natural Resources: Effective natural-resource protection requires science-based conservation planning.
The Committee’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2006-07 (see Attachment B) has two purposes:
§ Biodiversity Assessment – cataloging and analyzing the County’s biological resources, as a foundation for effective conservation planning
§ Rapid Conservation – identifying biological resources within the County that are in need of conservation in the short term, and identifying appropriate tools
§ Education – finding methods to communicate natural heritage information to the public, and developing a communications plan
§ Strategic Conservation – developing a long-term conservation plan for biodiversity in the County
The report also includes the Committee’s goals for work in these areas in the upcoming year.
There are no budget impacts directly related to the Annual Report. At future meetings, staff will report on the budget implications of any of the Committee’s conservation recommendations that the Board would like to investigate.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors accept the Natural Heritage Committee’s annual report, and direct Community Development staff to report to the Board on options for implementing the report’s recommendations for the six conservation sites.
A. Natural Heritage Committee Fact Sheet
B. Annual Report – Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee, Fiscal Year 2006-2007
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