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.

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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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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.

New Presentations on RAMP

The presentations from the California Council of Land Trusts have been posted to their website.  Check them out for the latest information on RAMP.

California Mitigation Summit on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This is the only mitigation-centered gathering of its kind in California. The day-long conference offers unequaled access to and rich content for public agencies, project proponents, land trusts, and environmental consultants. Last year’s event welcomed over 200 attendees. 

The morning Plenary Session will feature keynote speakers from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and experts in the field of mitigation, as well as thought-provoking panel discussions including new approaches for mitigation work in California.

 

 Where:
California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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 When:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

View the agenda
Click here to register.



 

Sec. Jewell releases landscape-scale mitigation strategy

On April 10, 2014, US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a new federal strategy for implementing more effective large-scale mitigation on federal public lands. The strategy identifies four priorities: geospatial assessments, landscape-level strategies,increasing compensatory mitigation programs, and monitoring and evaluation. The plan emphasizes increasing certainty in mitigation, through clear protocols and advance mitigation planning. 

 

In the near future, the US Fish & Wildlife Service aims to carry out a multi-state comparison of existing compensatory mitigation programs, to inform a template document guiding landscape-scale mitigation. Other near-term policy deliverables include a chapter on landscape-scale mitigation in the Department Manual, proposed revisions to FWS mitigation banking and candidate species policy, a mitigation framework for Greater Sage Grouse conservation, and a technical reference on mitigation in solar energy zones. The new strategy was initially ordered by Secretary Jewell (Order 3330) in October 2013.

  – Read a press release.
  – Download the strategy (pdf).

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