Residential, commercial, and recreational development, and certain fire suppression activities are the main threats to the Alameda whipsnake
The program includes long-term monitoring and breeding programs for the Alameda whipsnake and California red-legged frog.
Nearly 75% of the owner's land will be preserved as open space and managed habitat for the area's two threatened, though not endangered, species: the Alameda whipsnake and California red-legged frog.
We've successfully demonstrated that Blue Rock presents no danger to the Alameda whipsnake or to the California red-legged frog.
Development of the Blue Rock property is limited to 400 acres, while 1,000 acres are dedicated to the East Bay Regional Park District for regional open space, and 200 acres of land is set aside for the protection of the threatened Alameda whipsnake and California red-legged frog.
A similar initiative is underway for the Alameda whipsnake
, as well as long-term monitoring and breeding programs for both species.
But what conservation groups opposed was a golf course sprawling nearly three quarters of a mile across Walpert Ridge, in prime open space and habitat for the imperiled Alameda whipsnake and the California red-legged frog.
However, they are concerned that the Fish & Wildlife Service's own biologists believed the golf course would jeopardize the continued existence of the threatened Alameda whipsnake and California red-legged frog.
The second sought to prevent construction of the project based on the alleged failure to adequately protect the environmentally sensitive habitat of the California red-legged frog and the Alameda whipsnake
Today's decision confirmed that Blue Rock construction and mitigation plans are creating an environmentally sensitive project that protects and improves the site habitat for the Alameda whipsnake
and California red-legged frog.
The plaintiffs have charged the Service with failing to adequately assess costs and benefits in making a determination of critical habitat for the Alameda whipsnake
, which is required under the Endangered Species Act.