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EDISON SUPPORTS RESEARCH OF ENDANGERED, ORANGE COUNTY BIRDS

 EDISON SUPPORTS RESEARCH OF ENDANGERED, ORANGE COUNTY BIRDS
 ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison is taking another important step in protecting our environment by funding a study of the habitat requirements of two endangered bird species in Orange County.
 "Edison has a strong commitment to the environment," said Steve Sullivan, public affairs manager for Edison's Orange County Region. "By funding this study, we can increase our knowledge and help protect the birds and their habitat."
 "Our objective is to help solve important regional issues affecting Southern California," he added. "Protecting the environment is also important to the area's economy."
 Ed Almanza and Associates, an environmental consulting firm based in Laguna Beach, Calif., has been awarded the Edison grant to conduct the research in support of the State Resources Agency's Natural Communities Conservation Program (NCCP). The NCCP is a voluntary habitat conservation program sponsored by the State which seeks to protect entire ecosystems. Biologists from Edison's Environmental Affairs division are members of the NCCP Coastal Sage Scrub Advisory Committee.
 Already under way, the research addresses habitat requirements of the California Gnatcatcher and Cactus Wren, two bird species which are candidates for listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The area of focus will be the 10,000 acres of dedicated open space along the Orange County coast known as the Superpark.
 The study employs detailed measurements for features such as vegetation height, dominant plant species and slope. This information will then be compared with census data to identify correlations between bird occupancy and habitat characteristics. Census information currently is being gathered by Ed Almanza and Associates for Orange County and by Jones & Stokes for The Irvine Co.
 In a second phase, beginning in July, researchers will band and continually monitor large numbers of the birds to determine annual survivorship rates and gather additional data.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Sullivan of Southern California Edison, 714-973-5622/ CO: Southern California Edison ST: California IN: SU:


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