Management Plans

MONITORING AND ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT

The overarching objective of the monitoring and adaptive management program is to ensure that the conservation strategy and the biological goals and objectives are being achieved. The reserve unit management plans, which will include monitoring and adaptive management components, will be submitted to the Wildlife Agencies for review and approval within 5 years of the acquisition of the first parcel of each reserve unit. Additional objectives of the monitoring and adaptive management program are listed below.

  • Provide an organizational framework and decision-making process for evaluating monitoring, targeted studies, and other data to adjust management actions. 
  • Document the baseline condition of biological resources in the Reserve System and other key habitat outside of the Reserve System using existing data, modeling, and the results of ongoing field surveys. 
  • Develop conceptual models for natural communities and covered species, if applicable, that can be used as the basis for collecting information, verifying hypotheses, and designing and changing management practices. 
  • Incorporate hypothesis testing and experimental management, including targeted studies to address key uncertainties and to improve management and monitoring efforts. 
  • Develop and implement scientifically valid monitoring protocols at multiple levels to ensure that data collected will inform management and integrate with other monitoring efforts. 
  • Ensure that monitoring data are collected, analyzed, stored, and organized so the data are accessible to the Habitat Agency, the Co-Permittees, regulatory agencies, scientists and, as appropriate, the public.

RESERVE UNIT

Reserve unit management plans will guide activities within specific reserve units.  Reserve units are defined as groups of contiguous or neighboring parcels that have similar natural communities, covered species, and infrastructure and therefore similar management issues.  Reserve unit management plans for individual reserve units will be completed within 5 years of the first acquisition (fee title or easement) of the land for that reserve unit and submitted to the Wildlife Agencies for review and approval.
RESTORATION/CREATION

Habitat restoration will be focused in the Reserve System, including existing open space that may become part of the Reserve System.  Riparian and stream restoration that is counted towards the total conservation benefit of the Habitat Plan is allowed on private or public lands outside the Reserve System (i.e., without a conservation easement) as long as specific conditions are met in Chapter 5 of the Habitat Plan.

The only habitat creation proposed under the Habitat Plan is for ponds.  Ponds will be created as breeding habitat for California red-legged frog or California tiger salamander in areas along streams that did not previously support ponds.  This type of habitat creation must be balanced by the need to maintain and enhance stream functions.  No on-stream ponds will be constructed in drainages that support, or could support, covered species under the Habitat Plan.  Habitat creation will occur in damaged or disturbed areas to minimize the loss of existing habitats by the creation of new ones.  Ponds may also be created in other appropriate areas as long as there is normally enough water, or a water source may be established (e.g., installation of a spring box or a well) to adequately maintain the necessary inundation schedule for the target species.