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The United States of America is unique in its extraordinary diversity of life. It harbours the lush forests of the Appalachia; the frozen tundra of Alaska; the Midwest’s tall grass prairies; and Hawaii’s rainforests. More than 200,000 species are known from the USA. The nation is particularly rich in aquatic life such as, fish, turtles, salamanders, and mussels. The USA also supports a broader array of ecosystems than any other nation on Earth, home to 21 of 28 globally defined ecoregions. The USA hosts a large percentage of the world’s broadleaf forests, temperate grasslands, and Mediterranean-climate vegetation. Of the vast 9,833,520 km2 area of the USA, 12.88% of land is protected, as well as 19.16% of marine area, in the form of 34,035 protected areas. These areas come under all IUCN management categories and nearly all governance types. One important Protected Area in the USA is the California Marine Protected Area Network. This network, established in 2012, spans the state’s entire coastline and 16% of California’s jurisdictional waters, making it the largest network in North America and one of the largest in the world. The ecologically connected network comprises 124 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), of which 9% are no-take marine reserves and around 6% are marine conservation areas with limited take. The Californian Master Plan for MPAs was developed in close collaboration with the Commission, councils, consultants, tribes, NGO’s, academic institutions, the general public and more.

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Related Expert Assessment Group (EAGL): California

Overview

Date of Approval
16/08/2018

Status
EAGL fully trained

EAGL Chair
California

Allocated Reviewer
Matthew Durnin

Standard Adaptation Status
Approved

EAGL Members

Steve Murray

Steve Murray



Jim Webb

Jim Webb



Lori Walsh

Lori Walsh



Jennifer Savage

Jennifer Savage



Rosales Hawk

Rosales Hawk



Suzanne Olyarnik

Suzanne Olyarnik



Richard Ogg

Richard Ogg



Cara O’Brien

Cara O’Brien



Russ Moll

Russ Moll



Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight



Marce Graudiņš

Marce Graudiņš



Russel Galipeau

Russel Galipeau



Jan Freiwald

Jan Freiwald



Cameron Dunning

Cameron Dunning



Matthew Bracken

Matthew Bracken



Haylee Bautista

Haylee Bautista



Diane Matar

Diane Matar



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