Hidden Habitat Implications of California’s Dry Weather

  “Project owners with pending permitting and habitat mitigation programs need to plan for potential setbacks if California’s extended dry weather continues,” said Michael Sweesy, Dudek senior habitat restoration expert. “California had its worst drought conditions in 90 years between January and May last year, and the first seasonal snow survey in early January of…

Managing Wetlands Permitting for New School Construction

  San Marcos Unified School District officials saw opportunity – rather than potential regulatory headaches – when they learned a new elementary school site harbored federally-protected wetlands habitat and endangered thread-leaved brodiaea.  The district developed ambitious plans to preserve the wetlands and to translocate the plants to a 7.6-acre preserve surrounding the school on two…

Managing Long-Term Native Habitat Mitigation

  Two trends are  impacting long-term native habitat mitigation projects in California: (1) regulatory agency compliance checks have become more frequent, and (2) depleted municipal budgets have seriously curtailed spending on effective project oversight. The following tips for avoiding unnecessary costs due to regulatory violations, extended maintenance, or remedial repair work are offered by the…

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