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Supervisors expected to officially end wildfire emergency

County supervisors on Tuesday are expected to formally terminate the emergency declaration they ratified in May in response to the wildfires that had spread for days across different parts of the county.

California Government Code requires local governing bodies to review the need for continuing a local emergency at least every 30 days and to terminate it at the earliest possible date warranted. The Board of Supervisors last reviewed and continued the earlier-initiated declaration June 17.

Conservation program's annual report

The Board of Supervisors will hear at its Wednesday meeting a report on the progress of the county's Multiple Species Conservation Program South County Subarea Plan.

Covering 2013, the plan's annual report will summarize last year's habitat gains and losses within the subarea. It will also include a discussion of management and monitoring programs as well as funding sources used by the county to meet its obligations under the plan's implementing agreement.

The report is expected to show that that county has accomplished 75 percent of its 50-year goal for land preservation.

The board adopted the MSCP South County Subarea Plan in 1997. The implementation agreement among the county, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service went into effect in 1998.

Under the agreement, the county is required to annually account for all habitat gained through acquisitions or dedications of open space as well as habitat lost through discretionary land use and ministerial actions.

Along with receiving the report, the board will have a chance to approve the updated South County Subarea Plan Map. The MSCP South County Subarea Plan has a preservation goal of 98,379 acres.

According to the report, a total of 74,058 acres have been preserved, including a county lands baseline of 5,461 acres, and a state and federal lands baseline of 32,600 acres. During 2013, there were 1,423 acres of habitat gain.

Both Tuesday's and Wednesday's Board meetings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' North Chamber, Room 310, at 1600 Pacific Highway.

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