What is RAMP? What is RAMP?

In 2008, a coalition of infrastructure and natural resource agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic researchers launched an effort to develop a more comprehensive approach to mitigating unavoidable biological resource impacts potentially caused by state infrastructure projects, such as roads and levees. This approach, called Regional Advance Mitigation Planning (RAMP), allows for natural resources to be protected or restored as compensatory mitigation before infrastructure projects are constructed, often years in advance.  

Regional Conservation. RAMP enables regional and local representatives from both infrastructure and natural resource agencies to come together to jointly evaluate potential environmental impacts from infrastructure projects proposed for a region, and at the same time ensure that planned mitigation for those impacts contributes to regional conservation priorities.

Advance Time Frame. The advance time frame allows strategic mitigation to be implemented and made functional before an infrastructure project's unavoidable impacts occur. Mitigating in advance allows for more efficient project approvals, more certainty to cost estimates, and takes advantage of conservation opportunities before important land is lost to conversion.

For more information, please see the General RAMP Fact Sheet and go to the "Request Information" tab above and fill out the form if you would like a copy of the draft RAMP Statewide Framework emailed to you.

Our Mission Our Mission

To serve as the RAMP Work Group's central location for formal agreements, work products, meeting information, and general mitigation and conservation banking information. 

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Improvements to Climate Change Vulnerability Analyses and Adaptation Strategies

Any ageny team that is trying to figure out climate change scenarios for themselves can be guided by recent work of the Central Valley Landscape Conservation Project.   They released their Central Valley Future Scenarios from their March 2015 meeting and it can be found here or on the Central Valley LCC webpage.  To further this intial work, the group will meet on June 3 and select the priority natural resources for any climate change analyses.  The meeting notice is here.  They are looking for habitat experts to attend. 

 

NewTIGER 2015 Grants - A Call to Action for Advance Mitigation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the highly successful U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.  This is your opportunity to show the world how it should be done: build or plan for transportation improvement projects that advance multiple objectives, such as protection of cultural values and landscape conservation that exceeds the protection offered by ESA listing.  Pre-applications will be due on May 4, 2015. 

All forms available on the Department of Transportation website for TIGER.

RAMP and SAMI part of California Transportation Plan 2040

Caltrans is asking the public to shape the state’s transportation future by offering their input and comments on the California Transportation Plan 2040 (CTP 2040), which lays out a vision for California's transportation future to support a vibrant economy and our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Both  Regional Advance Mitigation Planning (RAMP) and Statewide Advance Mitigation Initiative (SAMI) are two examples of proactive regional or large-scale advance mitigation planning that are described within the CTP2040. 

RAMP part of New National Reviewof Approaches

The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Law Institute just published a national review on the use of watershed-based approaches to wetland and stream restoration.  The report includes the legal framework for mitigation and a discussion of the role of mitigation. RAMP is briefly profiled among the many programs and projects reviewed.

 

You can download the pdf here: http://www.eli.org/sites/default/files/eli-pubs/watershed-approach-handbook-improving-outcomes-and-increasing-benefits-associated-wetland-and-stream_0.pdf

California Biodiversity Council to Consider Helping with Conservation Priority Maps

The next meeting of the California Biodiversity Council will be October 29, in Davis.  An agenda is pending and will be available at a later date.  At this meeting, the group will consider a proposal to align with the Strategic Growth Council's effort to develop additional conservation priority maps -- similar to those found in the draft Regional Assessment for the pilot area.  Agencies in the RAMP Work Group have always supported more opportunities to use this important tool which was developed through an interagency group over several months.

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