LA county’s landscapes and ecosystems span mountains, deserts, beaches and islands. The region is home to the largest set of threatened and endangered plants and animals in the continental United States, and is the most urbanized area to be designated one of Conservation International’s global Biodiversity Hotspots.
In addition to providing habitats for flora and fauna to thrive, the diverse landscapes throughout LA county offer residents and communities with areas to be active and exercise or relax, greatly improving health and emotional well-being.
The region’s ecosystems, habitats and biodiversity are under stress from urbanization and climate change. Loss of biodiversity impacts our health, food, air quality and culture among other important aspects of our quality of life. For example, a decrease in biodiversity increases the vulnerability of plants and animals to pests and diseases. Careful planning is needed to ensure that our ecosystems—including the region’s urban habitats—thrive even as our region becomes increasingly urbanized.
The County of Los Angeles will redouble its efforts to protect our ecosystems, habitats and rich biodiversity and allow them to flourish for the benefit of all county residents, flora and fauna.