Welcome to the RAMP website
California’s public agencies spend billions of dollars each year on needed infrastructure projects to meet the growing need for roads, bridges, levees and other facilities. California hosts an extraordinarily rich array of valuable natural communities and ecosystems that provide habitat for rare wildlife, and are the source for Californians’ drinking water and open space for healthy recreation. As California grows, it is imperative that it be done in a manner that protects and enhances the state’s natural resources.
Regional advance mitigation planning (RAMP) incorporates both a “regional” geographic component and an “advance” time frame. The regional component will allow state and federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of several planned infrastructure projects at once. The “advance” time frame will identify regional mitigation opportunities that will satisfy anticipated mitigation requirements early in the project planning and environmental review process, before the projects are in the final stages of approval.
Working together, natural resource and infrastructure agencies can estimate mitigation needs early in the projects’ timelines, avoiding permitting and regulatory delays and allowing public mitigation dollars to stretch further by securing and conserving valuable natural resources on a more economically efficient scale and before related real estate values escalate. Since we launched this effort three years ago, much has been accomplished:
- Federal and state agencies signed a Memorandum of Agreement that committed themselves to the goals of regional advance mitigation, to design a framework or program that would implement a RAMP and participate in a pilot project to test the concept.
- We are drafting documents that outline the goals of RAMP and create a policy and financial framework for how a program could work, based on the work on the pilot, policy research and other models.
- And legislation was introduced to establish a Regional Advance Mitigation program in the state (but has yet to pass).
The RAMP Work Group has developed a draft Statewide Framework document intended to convey to lawmakers and agency leaders the goals, benefits, and operational framework of a statewide RAMP initiative. The draft Statewide Framework was completed in April 2012, but was not available until April 2013. Outreach on this document will cover internal agency staff as well as several outside organizations (e.g., County staff, land trust organizations, and non-profits). The Statewide Framework will have a companion document, the RAMP Manual, which will serve as a comprehensive guidance document for planning and implementing regional advance mitigation throughout California. Development of the RAMP Manual will draw from lessons learned during development and completion of an advance mitigation assessment for a pilot region. The internal draft of a regional assessment, is expected to be completed in the winter 2011, should provide the strategy for implementing advance mitigation in the pilot region.
More Information about RAMP Pilot Project in Central Sacramento Valley