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Shoulder Banded Snails:Jumping Enviormental High Hurdle

Recently I was asked what was one of the more?”interesting real estate disclosures sellers on the central coast are required? to make. I know all disclosures do have their purpose but one of my most favorites is the Morro Shoulder Band Snail. Living on the beautiful Central Coast we have endangered species due to the wide open coastal spaces that still exist here. Responding to a court order, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?announced that it is designating about 2,566 acres of mostly state-owned land in western San Luis Obispo County, California, as critical habitat for the endangered Morro shoulder band snail, a native California species commonly known as the banded dune snail. The Service has also released the final economic analysis for the snail.
“As an endangered species, the Morro shoulder band snail is already protected wherever it occurs,” said Michael J. Spear, manager(at the time)?of the Service’s California-Nevada Operations Office. “The critical habitat designation will inform both the public and other Federal agencies about the snail’s habitat needs and ensure that proper consultation occurs before actions have a detrimental impact on essential habitat.”
Critical habitat identifies specific geographic areas that are essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species and may require special management considerations. However a designation does not affect land ownership or establish a refuge, wilderness, reserve, preserve, or other special conservation area. It does not allow government or public access to private lands and does not close areas to all access or use.
Critical habitat for the snail is contained in three units. They are:

  1. Morro Spit and West Pecho: This unit encompasses lands managed by Monta??a de Oro State Park (Dunes Natural Preserve) and the City of Morro Bay (north end of spit);
  2. South Los Osos: This unit is bounded on the north and east by residential development in the community of Los Osos and agricultural fields, and includes the lower slopes south of Highland Drive; and,
  3. Northeast Los Osos: This unit includes undeveloped areas between Los Osos Creek and Baywood Park and is divided by South Bay Boulevard.

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