San Gorgonio Chapter





The animals described on this page are just a few examples of the hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish threatened by the proposed Church of the Woods development. Animals and vegetation downstream from the parking areas and buildings would also be adversely affected by runoff and pollution.

The development would negatively affect Wildlife Corridor 20 which is linked to Corridors 19 and 16, and as a result cause serious fragmentation of wildlife species. Wildlife corridors are not a natural phenomenon and are not needed in an undisturbed natural environment. They are a conservation measure vital to the survival of wild animal species and designed to prevent fragmentation of wildlife by human development and should not be allowed to be destroyed or interrupted by even more development! However, the COW EIR makes its own definition of wildlife corridors and states that according to their definition the wildlife corridors will not be affected. (p. 3C5 - 8) On p. 3C-8 you find the following prime example of doubletalk: "Movement across the surrounding two-lane roads is expected to take place primarily by way of surface crossing almost anywhere in the area. Therefore, specific wildlife crossings are not expected to be a key component of local movement." They fail to draw the obvious conclusion that this means there wouldn't even be a place to put up a "wildlife crossing" sign because wild animals could cross and become victims of roadkill anywhere on the roads to and from and within the project!

Five of the animals threatened with "eviction" are already endangered or threatened: San Bernardino Flying Squirrel, California Spotted Owl, Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog, Southern Rubber Boa, and Andrew's Marbled Butterfly. 


San Bernardino
Flying Squirrel

Spotted Owl

Yellow-Legged Frog

Southern Rubber Boa