Through intensive habitat restoration and species reintroduction programs at the refuge, the highly endangered riparian brush rabbit
(Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) may once again flourish in its historical range.
Many of the other articles in this issue of the Bulletin describe the dedication and resolve required to achieve recovery of a species, including an article on the riparian brush rabbit
(Sylvilagus bachmani riparius), which would have gone extinct if the Service hadn't taken action, and Robert "Sea Otter" Jones' efforts to recover the Aleutian Canada goose (Branta canadensis leucopareia).
Although it was once pervasive in the dense riverside forests of California's San Joaquin Valley, the riparian brush rabbit
(Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) nearly disappeared in the 20th century as forests were cleared for farms and cities.
However, the same challenges facing high-profile recovery efforts like the gray wolf (Canis lupis) or the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) can also wreak havoc on a program with small, seemingly easy-to-work-with species such as the riparian brush rabbit
Extensive habitat loss has reduced the range of the riparian brush rabbit
(Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) and the riparian or San Joaquin woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes riparia) to remnant forests along the lower reaches of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers in San Joaquin County.