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Environmental Groups Join In Fight To Protect Ventura County's Wildlife Protection Ordinances

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Some environmental groups are stepping up to help Ventura County in its efforts to protect wildlife in the county.

In 2019, the county passed two wildlife connectivity ordinances.  They try to keep development from blocking some key pathways used by animals like mountain lions.

The ordinances have been the target of lawsuits by some labor, agricultural, and business groups, which contend they will disrupt projects and hurt the region’s economy.

A judge ruled this week that four environmental groups could join in the legal battle to support the ordinances.  The Center for Biological Diversity, Los Padres ForestWatch, the National Parks Conservation Association and Defenders of Wildlife can file briefs supporting the county.