According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main threats to biodiversity worldwide are:

  • Habitat loss and degradation
  • Invasive alien species
  • Over-exploitation of natural resources
  • Pollution and diseases
  • Human-induced climate change

Concerns on the global scale are, of course, concerns on the local scale as well. In the Biodiversity Action Plan for Sonoma County, with input from experts, they say:

“According to these experts, the current top threats requiring conservation intervention are: habitat loss and fragmentation associated with housing and vineyard development; replacement of native species by invasive  introduced species; reductions in water availability; pollution of air and water; and the unknown impacts of climate change.”

There are many opportunities to create a community that embraces wildlife and allows us to live alongside each other. Together, let’s create a future where our home is healthy and flourishing.

Here are just a few examples for addressing these global issues on our local scale:

Habitat loss and degradation

  • Improve accessibility in the Russian River for salmon to swim upstream, lay eggs, develop and swim back to the ocean
  • Encourage sustainable land use for vineyards
  • Encourage conservation grazing practices for ranchers to enhance coastal prairies and other grasslands
  • Improve development plans by ensuring land connectivity for wildlife
  • Encourage less fencing and require wildlife friendly fencing

Invasive Alien Species

  • Encourage native plants in gardens instead of invasive ornamentals
  • Educate the community on which species are invasive and ways to prevent their spread

Over-exploitation of natural resources

  • Ensure land-use planning is consistent with sustainable use of our natural resources
  • Promote sustainable water use, including using less and simulating the natural water cycle by altering water use seasonally

Pollution and diseases

  • Require strict standards to prevent polluted runoff into the water system
  • Practice organic and pesticide-free farming

Climate change

  • Buffer the effects of climate change as much as possible with land-use planning
  • Encourage use of alternative transportation: public transit, bikes, walking, etc.