CREATING COLLABORATIVE LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH REGULATORY FRAMEWORK - SB34 ADVANCED MITIGATION LAND ACQUISITION GRANTS PROGRAM.
Cody Hanford; Transition Habitat Conservancy; P.O. Box 723100, Pinon Hills, CA, 92372; (865) 414-0931; cody@transitionhabitat.org; Armand Gonzales, Junko Hoshi, Jill Bays, Peter Satin, Tim Shields
The SB34 Advanced Mitigation Land Acquisition Grants Program (Program) was born amid the push by federal and state entities to increase renewable energy production. The Program sought to facilitate mitigation impacts to threatened and endangered species in which CDFW would coordinate habitat acquisition and restoration using in lieu fees from developers. Though overshadowed by the massive scope of the DRECP's 22 million-acre plan, the Program's framework has provided a unique opportunity for collaborative landscape conservation. The strategic purchase and management of nearly 10,000 acres of mitigation lands has provided a direct benefit for desert tortoise and other species. Moreover, the two land trusts who hold these parcels, Mojave Desert Land Trust and Transition Habitat Conservancy, have used their regional stakeholder status to provide additional habitat benefits for over 500,000 acres within the California Desert. Through the talk, partners under the Program will present on-the-ground successes and challenges for perpetual conservation of the SB34 lands. After eight years of this unprecedented program, they have identified the pressing needs for near-future management and prospects for continued habitat improvement. These details will be introduced and discussed, focusing on the critical resource gaps and the science to inform and conduct best management practices.
Wildlife Professionals: Agency Coordination & Collaboration