Location:The Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve (BMER) occupies approximately 5,200 acres in the northern portion of Santa Barbara County. The BMER is located about 4 miles north of the City of Lompoc, approximately 20 miles due north of Point Conception, and from 7 to 13 miles inland (east) of the Pacific Ocean.
Purpose of Acquisition: To protect diminishing natural stands of Burton Mesa Chaparral and its associated sensitive species.
Description: The following is not a comprehensive list, rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Protect, restore, and enhance native habitat; protection of biological and cultural resources; develop and implement a fuel management plan; phase out farming and grazing; enforcement of regulations that prohibit unauthorized activities; etc.
Environmental Review Process
Notice of Determination: Filed on September 12, 2007, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
Management Plan Retention
A hard copy of the Management Plan, including public comments and responses, can be viewed during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
South Coast Region
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and an adequate operations and maintenance budget.