The diverse habitats in the City from the Pacific Ocean to the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains provide roosting, foraging, and breeding habitat along with migration corridors for species, including sensitive species. Special-status plants, wildlife, and habitats are protected under federal, state and/or City of Santa Barbara laws and regulations. City beaches and open space parks contain several of the sensitive habitats found in the City. The Parks Division maintains parks that include sensitive resources. The Parks Division is committed to park stewardship and the protection, preservation, and enhancement of sensitive plants, wildlife, and habitats for the enjoyment of residents and visitors in City Parks.
Park visitors may participate in the stewardship of sensitive resources by staying on trails to prevent trampling sensitive plants or habitats; cleaning up after pets to prevent pollution of City creeks and the ocean; complying with park hours to allow nocturnal species the undisturbed time; and not feeding wildlife.