Advanced Mitigation and Wildlife Connectivity
Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership
The Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership is a Caltrans-sponsored interagency effort to provide early mitigation for a series of future transportation improvement projects within the Elkhorn Slough Watershed. This project seeks to help address regional scale conservation in a manner that also can help facilitate project delivery by developing a process for identifying funding strategies and implementing conservation agreements earlier than would be possible through existing traditional channels. This project has received the 2008 Transportation Excellence Award for Monterey County and the 2009Federal Highway Administration Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award. Additional information about the project can be accessed at the following links:
Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership: Watershed/Conservation Approach to Mitigation for Transportation Projects paper by Nancy Siepel and Gary Ruggerone (August 2011).
Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership: Watershed/Conservation Approach to Mitigation for Transportation Projects presentation by Nancy Siepel and Gary Ruggerone (August 2011).
The Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership: A Collaborative Approach to Meeting Regional Transportation Needs and Conservation Objectives paper by Gary Ruggerone (March 2010).
Wildlife Habitat Connectivity
Caltrans District 5 has partnered with UC Davis to develop a Regional Wildlife Corridor and Habitat Connectivity Plan for the district. The plan will help identify wildlife linkages that provide important local and regional scale habitat connectivity for wildlife. Identification of important wildlife corridors that may be affected by transportation projects with long-range planning horizons will provide a regional perspective that supports early coordination of state and regional transportation plans with other land-use plans.
Nancy Siepel, Biologist/Advanced Mitigation Specialist