Matt Freeman at November 2012 Gathering

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We convened a Gathering entitled 'Managing Land with Science in Hand' and this is the presentation from Matt Freeman (from Santa Clara County Open Space Authority). More about the event on our blog: http://openspacecouncil.typepad.com/bay-area-open-space-council/2012/11/liveblogging-from-the-harvest-gathering.html

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Matt Freeman at November 2012 Gathering

  1. 1. Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan: Conservation Planning and Management Highlights Bay Area Open Space Council Fall Gathering November 15, 2012 Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  2. 2. What is the Habitat Plan? Mitigation and Conservation Plan for Development in the Santa Clara Valley Programmatic Endangered Species Permitting 50-Year Timeframe o Plan conserves habitats and species in exchange for permit to “take” threatened and endangered species o Complies with Federal Endangered Species Act and California NCCP Act Provides Numerous Benefits o Establishes local and streamlined permitting process o Addresses cumulative impacts o Results in landscape-level conservation strategy Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  3. 3. HCP Planning Area Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  4. 4. Who is Involved? Local Partners o County of Santa Clara, Valley Transit Authority, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Cities of San Jose, Morgan Hill & Gilroy Local “Participating Special Entity” o Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Wildlife Agencies o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service o California Department of Fish and Game Regulatory Agencies o U.S. Army Corps of Engineers o Regional Water Quality Control Board? Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  5. 5. Covered SpeciesInvertebrates Amphibians and ReptilesBay checkerspot butterfly California tiger salamander California red-legged frogPlants Foothill yellow-legged frogTiburon Indian paintbrush Western pond turtleCoyote ceanothusMount Hamilton thistle BirdsSanta Clara Valley dudleya Western burrowing owlFragrant fritillary Least Bell’s vireoSmooth lessingia Tricolored blackbirdMetcalf Canyon jewelflowerMost beautiful jewelflower MammalsLoma Prieta hoita San Joaquin kit fox Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  6. 6. Conservation Strategy Goals Creation of a Reserve System Landscape Connectivity and Regional Connections Between Protected Areas Long-term Management and Enhancement of Natural Communities Development of a Comprehensive Aquatic Conservation Strategy Adaptive Management and Monitoring Program Avoidance and Minimization Measures on Covered Activities Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  7. 7. Reserve System Highlights Reserve System will cover ~ 46,920 acres: o Acquisition of 33,629 acres from willing sellers o Contribution of 12,291 acres from the County o Contribution of 1,000+ acres from the Open Space Authority Focused on Highest-Quality Habitat Includes Landscape Linkages and Wildlife Corridors Provides Climate Resilience Protects 100 miles of Streams Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  8. 8. Reserve Design Conservation Strategy Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  9. 9. Reserve Management Goals and ObjectivesLandscape Level Example ImplementProtect and maintain natural landscapes… Comprehensive Adaptive o Enhance 33,000 acres of terrestrial and aquatic land Management cover, and restore 90 – 500 acres of riparian, wetlands, and ponds and Monitoring ProgramNatural CommunitiesMaintain and enhance grassland communities… o Protect 4,130 acres of serpentine grassland o Protect 13,000 acres of annual grassland in a diversity of soils and env gradientsSpeciesIncrease size and sustainability of burrowing owlpopulation… o Protect 21,310 acres of overwintering habitat and protect manage 5,300 acres of nesting habitat on the Valley floor o Enhance 800 acres nesting habitat in the Gilroy conservation region to promote owl expansion within HCP area Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  10. 10. Plan Implementation  JPA will be established to form the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency • Governing Board will establish budget and fees o 8 members – 2 elected officials from each agency o Comprised of County, San Jose, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill • Implementing Board will oversee Plan operation o 11 members – 2 each from County, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose, SCVWD & one from VTA  Technical Advisory Committee will advise the Implementing Board • USFWS, CDFG and Local Agencies • Science Advisors  Public Advisory Committee  Plan Implementation Cost: $658,000,000 over 50 years Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
  11. 11. Resources Habitat Plan documents & further information: www.scv-habitatplan.org A Conservation Vision: Water, Wildlife, and Working Lands (Open Space Authority Greenprint) www.cvw3.org Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan

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