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NCCP Preserve Management Challenges and Opportunities

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This presentation was given to the AEP San Diego Chapter in February 2012. The presentation discusses the use of mitigation banks to promote preserve management and management challenges and opportunities

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NCCP Preserve Management Challenges and Opportunities

  1. 1. Benefits and Challenges of NCCP Preserve Management and Permitting Benefits and Challenges of NCCP Preserve Management and Permitting
  2. 2. Status Quo Management <ul><li>Preserve Assembly has been historic NCCP focus </li></ul><ul><li>Management entities often aim to maintain status quo, not self-sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Preserves are subject to long term adverse modification </li></ul>
  3. 3. Down Trend Factors
  4. 4. Seed Banks Matter <ul><li>Habitat resilience and persistence is dependent on a healthy native seed bank </li></ul><ul><li>Active habitat restoration begins to reverse seed bank imbalance </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seed Bank Imbalances <ul><li>Individual weed plants can produce incredible seed counts </li></ul><ul><li>Seed banks must be addressed in an aggressive manner to be effective </li></ul>
  6. 6. Up Trend Factors
  7. 7. Abandoned Road Restoration <ul><li>Legacy land uses can create long term management problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interruption of upland hydrology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runoff concentration leading to erosion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of soil fines; water holding capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased unwanted public access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Road restoration methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-grade cut/fill road beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Import good quality soils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply seed and other BMPs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Goal = Self-Sustainability
  9. 9. Mitigation Banking and In-Lieu Fee Programs <ul><li>Mitigation Bank </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-mitigation credits; lower ratios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High upfront costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In-Lieu Fee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No pre-mitigation credit; higher ratios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay as you go </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Mitigation Banking and In-Lieu Fee Programs <ul><li>Leverage mitigation dollars </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation consolidation consistent with NCCP </li></ul><ul><li>Uplands improvements benefit wetlands </li></ul>
  11. 11. Current Efforts <ul><li>Adopt ecological timeframe: 10 yrs.+ </li></ul><ul><li>Rely on passive recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Irvine Ranch Conservancy: Restoration and Resilience Program </li></ul><ul><li>City of San Diego in-lieu fee program </li></ul>
  12. 12. Potential Progress <ul><li>More effort needed to manage resources toward self-sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation banks and in-lieu fees can be leveraged to promote self-sustainability through active restoration </li></ul>
  13. 13. For More Information Contact: Michael Sweesy, RLA Habitat Restoration Specialist 760.479.4253 [email_address]

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