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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DWR's Bulk Mitigation Credit Program is a Success

A description of an innovative advance mitigation program at California's Department of Water Resoruces (DWR), a founding partner in RAMP,  is now published in the Spring/Summer 2015 quarterly newsletter for the Department.  This program has wide support from both inside and outside the agency.  Flip over to page 16 to get the details. 

New UC Davis Reports on Advance Mitigation are Complete

The research for the Statewide Advance Mitigation Funding and Financial Strategies contract with UC Davis has been completed and the reports are available online from the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies at:

 

Task 2 Report: Setting the Stage for Statewide Advance Mitigation in California

http://www.its.ucdavis.edu/research/publications/publication-detail/?pub_id=2420

This report presents a survey of existing programs that have provided advance mitigation, highlighting efforts within Caltrans, by local governments within California and efforts from other states.  Potential benefits realized by these efforts are presented, and a survey of state and federal policy is provided.

 

Task 3 Report: The Business Case for Advance Mitigation in California

http://www.its.ucdavis.edu/research/publications/publication-detail/?pub_id=2421

This report examines the costs and benefits of advance mitigation, and presents a variety of case studies designed to highlight specific costs/benefits.  Studies include a survey on the available information from California and other states for benefits of advance mitigation, an analysis of potential cost avoidance from environmental delays and project-concurrent mitigation, an analysis of hypothetical scenarios showing savings that can accrue by timing when to enter the land market, and a case study from a TransNet related project.  All of the studies demonstrate potential savings from advance mitigation.  Suggestions on how Caltrans can improve its cost-tracking for mitigation is also provided.

 

Task 4 Report: Funding and Financial Mechanisms to Support Advance Mitigation

http://www.its.ucdavis.edu/research/publications/publication-detail/?pub_id=2422

This report examines the available sources of funding and financing available to Caltrans that could aid in the implementation of advance mitigation.  The report finds that there are no current independent sources of funds that Caltrans can use immediately to implement a statewide advance mitigation program, and indicates that new sources of revenue and new financing mechanisms will be needed.  Current means of implementing advance mitigation through partnering with local agencies are presented.

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. 

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