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Endangered Habitats League Inc

 8424 Santa Monica Blvd Suite A 592
 Los Angeles, CA 90069
[P] (213) 8042750
[F] --
[email protected]
Dan Silver
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Organization DBA Friends of Terra Peninsular
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-4455451 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Ecosystem protection and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants

Mission Statement

Ecosystem protection and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $514,500.00
Projected Revenue $362,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Regional Habitat Reserves
  • Improved land use planning

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Ecosystem protection and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants

Background Statement

Founded in 1991 as a coalition to secure the listing of the California gnatcatcher, Endangered Habitats League incorporated as a 501(c)(3) membership organization in 1993. With a focus within Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego Counties, our mission is ecosystem conservation and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region’s inhabitants.

EHL currently has two full time staff, based in Los Angeles and San Diego, and a part time treasurer. We operate cost-effectively and contract as needed with legal counsel and a variety of expert consultants.

Early on, EHL recognized the promise of State of California Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP), which the gnatcatcher listing catalyzed. We made formation of an inter-connected regional habitat reserve system our primary goal, and participation in the NCCPs as our primary strategy. Our methods are collaborative, such as participation in stakeholder committees, with legal action held in reserve. Over the decades, we have developed longstanding relationships – and respect – in the local government, regulatory agency, and building industry sectors, in addition to a large network of environmental group colleagues. The result has been the adoption of several precedent setting, large scale “multiple species” plans in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties.

Also active in land use and transportation, EHL has been a stakeholder in historic General Plan updates in San Diego and Riverside Counties, and has shaped four transportation sales tax measures to include funds for habitat. We also work on endangered species protection and other matters of regional importance as needs arise.

EHL electronically publishes a quarterly Newsletter reaching about 1500 subscribers, and maintains a database for action alerts, which are targeted by county.

Impact Statement

Natural Community Conservation Plans in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties; General Plan updates in San Diego Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties, Adoption of Orange County Transportation Authority NCCP/HCP; Improved connectivity for mountain lions to the Santa Ana Mountains; Protection of San Onofre State Beach from highway construction; A conservation plan for the Tejon Ranch; Adoption of a strong Significant Ecological Areas Ordinance in Los Angles County
Protection of Lytle Creek Wash and its endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat; Release of water from Seven Oaks Dam on the Santa Ana River; Adoption of a habitat plan in North County San Diego; Effective Climate Action Plan for San Diego County; Expenditure of a $28 million Conservation Fund focused on the San Mateo Creek Watershed; Acquisition of Los Angeles County Significant Ecological Areas; Adoption of a Regional Conservation Investment Strategy in San Bernardino County; Protection of the endangered quino checkerspot butterfly; Reducing fire hazard through improved land use

Needs Statement

Reliable funding for operations, enhanced communications with members, improved website, increased funding for expert reports, increased funding for scientific studies, additional staffing

CEO Statement

Endangered Habitats League is rare in Southern California in bringing full time staff to advocacy for endangered species and habitats. We have also carved out an important niche based on our collaborative methods.  We are well respected by the local government and business sectors, as well as by conservation colleagues.  We bring credible information to bear and have a unique, pragmatic problem-solving approach that results in long term solutions to environmental-economic conflicts.  We have a sister land trust - Endangered Habitats Conservancy - that complements our work by acquiring habitat lands.  Furthermore, we are highly efficient in our operations.

Board Chair Statement

I am a retired medical doctor who decided to devote my energies to conservation.  We have had a stable organization since 1991 and have made contributions far beyond our size.  We rely on a small circle of foundation donors who understand our work, and a challenge is to increase this circle.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations are made on-line on EHL website (via PayPal) or via check to mailing address above.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
EHL works in the five Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Orange County has been a strong focus since our beginnings in 1991, with an extensive history of engagement in the Central Coastal and Southern Subregion nature reserves.  This continued with assistance to the Orange County Transportation Authority in mitigating its transportation project impacts, and in working with the Transportation Corridor Agency to re-route a toll road to avoid key South Orange County habitat lands.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  3. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection



Regional Habitat Reserves

As the core of our mission, EHL seeks the adoption and implementation of Natural Community Conservation Plans and Habitat Conservation Plans.  These plans originated to protect endangered species and to resolve economic conflicts.  We served on the original steering committees and working groups for both Orange County plans (Central Coastal and Southern) and are deeply knowledgeable about the endangered species therein.  We are currently working to adopt an additional plan for Northern San Diego and to complete such planning in San Bernardino.  Plans are in place in Riverside and Southern San Diego.  In Orange County it is vital to keep the Foothill toll road routed away from critical endangered species habitat and wildlands, and to conserve and manage additional habitat lands, including through the OCTA NCCP/HCP.  We will play a major role in determining the land acquisition targets for the $22 million Conservation Fund created by our settlement agreement with the toll road agency. An ongoing project is to connect Orange County's Santa Ana Mountains to the San Jacinto Mountains with functional undercrossings of Interstate 15 for large mammals.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Adoption of new plans in North San Diego and San Bernardino.  Successful implementation of other plans, and Los Angeles County Significant Ecological Areas.  Foothill toll road does not pass through Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy and San Onofre State Beach, saving endangered arroyo toads and California gnatcatchers.  Additional conservation in Orange County and improved connectivity from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Palomar Mountains for mountain lions and other species.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal is an interconnected reserve system for Southern California that provides climate resilience and recovery for our many endangered species.
Program Success Monitored By  How well habitat plan assembly is meeting preserve design goals.  Monitoring results for endangered species populations.  Adoption of alternative Foothill toll road options.  Project designs that maintain wildlife corridors.  Reduced in automobile-dependent patterns of development, with associate reducing in greenhouse gas emissions.
Examples of Program Success  Management activities instituted in Orange County to recover the coastal cactus wren, recovery of the endangered Pacific pocket mouse on Dana Point Headlands, completion of Trabuco Canyon connectivity by Orange County Transportation Authority acquisitions, agreement with the Transportation Corridor Agency on lands to be avoided in the course of highway construction, redesign of a project in Temecula to improve wildlife connectivity.

Improved land use planning

Reduce sprawl into wildlands by compact "smart growth" and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Land Use Planning
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Rejection or modification of currently proposed San Diego County general plan amendments, strong Climate Action Plan in San Diego.
Program Long-Term Success 
Adopt and maintain community and transit focused General Plans, adopt Climate Action Plans that curtain high vehicle miles traveled patterns of development (thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Program Success Monitored By  Meeting State greenhouse gas targets for 2030 in Climate Action plans, extent to which low density rural zoning is retained in San Diego General Plan, infill development approved around transit stops across the region
Examples of Program Success  National Forest inholdings zoned with low densities, Housing YOU Matters coalition in San Diego reaches infill goals


CEO/Executive Director Dr Dan Silver
CEO Term Start June 1991
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience 28 years of leading a non-profit organization, participation in numerous local government advisory committees, and recipient of awards (e.g., American Planning Association, US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Michael Beck San Diego Director --
Dan Silver Executive Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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EHL collaborates with numerous local conservation groups, community groups and tribal interests, and participates in state and national-level coalitions.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 3
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

We have seen a diminution of stakeholder-based planning in San Diego, which presents a challenge in finding pathways to effect change.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Dr Dan Silver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Endangered Habitats League
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair Jess Morton
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr Jack Bath Cal Poly Pomona Voting
Michael Beck Endangered Habitats League Voting
Jane Block Retired Voting
Peter DeSimone Audubon California Voting
Dr Karen Messer UCSD Moores Cancer Center Voting
Jess Morton Retired Voting
Dr Dan Silver Endangered Habitats League Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 20
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Our board is a policy board that has been stable for many years.  It originated as representative elected by members in each county in our geographic area (Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego).

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $362,500.00
Projected Expenses $514,500.00
Form 990s

2018 EHL 990 2018 (without Schedule B)

2017 EHL 990 2017 (without Schedule B)

2016 EHL 990 2016 (without Schedule B)

2015 IRS 990

2014 IRS 990

2013 IRS 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $1,124,080 $1,067,839 $693,783
Total Expenses $1,050,052 $900,189 $837,758

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$623,273 $751,807 $686,930
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $493,650 $307,221 $665
Investment Income, Net of Losses $7,150 $8,804 $6,181
Membership Dues -- $7 $7
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $1,008,793 $858,145 $795,421
Administration Expense $41,259 $42,044 $42,337
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 1.19 0.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 95% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $598,878 $525,803 $358,005
Current Assets $598,878 $525,803 $358,005
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $-800 $93 $1,778
Total Net Assets $599,878 $525,710 $365,227

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -748.60 5,653.80 201.35

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

EHL is currently meeting is basic staff operational needs through a small circle of foundation funders and member contributions.  Project expenses in excess of income are met through our Reserve Fund.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.