The public input opportunity for the Lafayette Wildlife Plan is coming soon - please check back!
As urban growth and recreational pressures increase in and around Lafayette, the City's Open Space Division is beginning a process to develop the City's first Wildlife Plan to guide the preservation of local wildlife and ecosystems.
The purpose of this plan is to address wildlife conservation holistically through the lens of wildlife equity. In other words, if you were a fox living near Old Town, what kind of protections would you want to see in place to protect your home and family?
The City onboarded Biohabitats, Inc. to conduct thorough ecological assessments, gather community input, and create a plan that addresses wildlife conservation through actionable steps and protection measures.
Ecological Consultant - Biohabitats, Inc.
The City selected an ecological consulting firm focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration, and regenerative design.
Their mission is to Restore the Earth and Inspire Ecological Stewardship.
Biohabitats' team consists of ecologists, biologists, specialty scientists, water resources specialists, landscape architects, engineers, and more.
Two subcontractors, Dig Studio and Wildlife Specialties, will be employed to assist with public outreach and sensitive species studies, respectively.
Biohabitats, Dig Studio, and Wildlife Specialties will work together to draft the Wildlife Plan in early 2024.
Wildlife Plan Background
In 1999, a Council-appointed Wildlife Task Force drafted a brief report consisting of wildlife-related strategic recommendations to Council
Open Space, Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee, and the Prairie Dog Advisory Working Group began discussions of an official Wildlife Plan in 2019
Strong organizational and community support allowed Open Space to begin formalizing the City’s first Wildlife Plan in 2020
Wildlife Plan Schedule
Geospatial Analysis September-October 2022
Community Survey December 2022-January 2023
Winter Ecological Assessment December 2022-February 2023