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11 Practice: Caltrans Big Slough Watershed Partnership
Categories: Mitigation
Public Involvement
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5 has developed a partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) to cooperatively protect and improve the environment of the Elkh ...[click for more]
Last Updated: July 18, 2007
12 Practice: Caltrans Determination of State Wildlife Connectivity Needs
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: Habitat fragmentation is becoming a great concern for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along old as well as new alignments where traffic, median barriers, and widening are compounding the challenges to wildlife movement. Endangered species and the exclusion of higher order carnivores and the next level of predators these carnivores control—called meso-predators—have been driving forces on the issue. Decline and extinction of some bird populations has been linked to a disproportionate increase in the meso-predator population.

Due to the rising importance of the issue and implications for future construction, Caltrans participated in a statewide symposium/workshop to identify “Missing Linkages” in fall 2000. The California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Biological Resources Division of the United States Geological Survey, California Wilderness Coalition, the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sponsored the meeting, which attracted 152 scientists, activists, and planners. Their report, Missing Linkages, identifies 232 critical habitat linkages in the state, 59 percent of which are threatened. The connectivity areas identified in the report ranged from narrow choke points, like the Coal Canyon underpass, to long stretches of rivers and broad swaths of redwood forest. More than half of the linkages were deemed to be high priorities because of development threats and good opportunities for conservation. Caltrans plans to utilize the products of the state’s collaborative “Missing Linkages” project to assess viable communities, habitats, and wildlife movement corridors throughout the state. This resource will be used to help environmental impacts wherever possible, and as a guide for addressing habitat and wildlife connectivity needs when the state implements conservation measures. Generation of the statewide conservation and connectivity maps is providing the foundation for interagency buy-in, acknowledgement, and utilization of a common set of environmental priorities. The mapped priorities are expected to streamline interagency coordination and negotiation on a project-by-project basis, reduce conflict, and facilitate achievement of mutual stewardship objectives among Caltrans, FHWA, federal and state resource and regulatory agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, and environmental advocates.

As a next step, TNC is assisting Caltrans in comparing the 20-year transportation plan to priority conservation areas, to minimize potential impacts and to identify opportunities where Caltrans mitigation projects could achieve the greatest environmental benefit and make a tangible contribution to achievement of interagency, public and private conservation objectives. To more effectively accomplish this, Caltrans is exploring ways to assess mitigation needs on a regional or plan-level basis. Currently, Caltrans is projecting and quantifying its mitigation needs over the next 10-20 years in the Desert and Central Coast regions, and Caltrans and FHWA are exploring opportunities to focus conservation measures to address ecoregional conservation and connectivity plan priorities in those areas. Caltrans is still working with resource agencies to ensure that advance mitigation will indeed satisfy resource and regulatory permitting and consultation requirements. TNC staff will work with Caltrans on identifying potential mitigation packages and identifying other stakeholders who may want to be involved in the design of such packages (based on anticipated needs and the best available science). As resource and regulatory staff were involved in the initial identification process of conservation priority areas, regulatory approvals are expected to be streamlined. Caltrans anticipates that advancing this environmental analysis into planning will contribute a broad, regional perspective; gain consensus among multiple resource agencies and partners; identify, avoid, and minimize significant impacts; identify opportunities for enhancements; and better assess cumulative impacts.
Last Updated: March 30, 2007
13 Practice: Interagency Funding
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description:

The California Department of Transportation is currently funding several positions through agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other resource agencies.

Current fu ...[click for more]

Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/orip/PIP.pdf
Last Updated: September 8, 2006
14 Practice: SACOG Blueprint Project
Categories: Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Linking Planning and NEPA
State: California
Organization: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
Contact: Debra Jones
Title: Project Delivery Manager
Email: DJones@sacog.org
Phone: 916.340.6242
Description: The Sacramento Council of Governments (SACOG) Blueprint Project for smart growth started as a way to look at and optimize land uses in the Sacramento County by overlaying GIS data layers (e.g., greens ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.sacregionblueprint.org/sacregionblueprint/home.cfm
Last Updated: August 3, 2006
15 Practice: Memorandum of Agreement for Early Mitigation Planning for Transportation Improvements
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the U.S.  ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cadiv/pre/moajoan.htm
Last Updated: March 13, 2006
16 Practice: MOA for Early Mitigation Planning for Transportation Improvements in California
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description: The California Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Envi ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cadiv/pre/moajoan.htm
Last Updated: July 26, 2005
17 Practice: Caltrans Streambed Alteration Agreement with the California Department of Fish and Game
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wetland Banking
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Programmatic Streambed Alteration Agreement allows repetitive work to be conducted in and adjacent to streams without the need to repeat the appl ...[click for more]
Last Updated: July 25, 2005
18 Practice: Caltrans Coal Canyon Interchange Removal for Enhancement of Wildlife Habitat Connectivity
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: Two intersecting state highways divide a large natural area that includes the Chino Hills, Prado Basin, and Cleveland National Forest in southern California. This area of the Puente-Chino Hills and S ...[click for more]
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