JOINING FORCES TO STREAMLINE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE: TWO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE UNITS, ONE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT.
Julie L. Remp; EMPSi; 3005 Center Green Dr. Suite 205, Boulder, CO, 80301; (303) 317-3214; julie.remp@empsi.com; Meredith Zaccherio
In an age of condensed environmental planning and federal agencies overextended to consult, authorize, and implement resource management direction, development of new methodologies are essential to land and species conservation. Here we look at an example of two National Park Service (NPS) units collaborating on a joint Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment with associated Endangered Species Act consultation to better synchronize NPS actions and programs. This coordinated NPS management plan and consultation improved consultation efficiency and promoted inter-agency collaboration throughout California. It will enhance conservation and recovery efforts of listed species within the Santa Monica Mountains and Redwood National Park. This joint approach provides a regulatory framework, which the NPS intends to use as an example for future invasive plant management plans in eleven other California parks and parks nationwide.
Poster Session