Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our 22 Covered Species
Bank Swallow
Burrowing Owl
Cackling Goose
White-Faced Ibis
Western Spadefoot Toad
Northwestern Pond Turtle
Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp
Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp
Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle
Tricolored Blackbird
Swainson's Hawk
Slender Orcutt Grass
Sanford's Arrowhead
Sacramento Orcutt Grass
Midvalley Fairy Shrimp
Loggerhead Shrike
Giant Garter Snake
Delta Tule Pea
California Tiger Salamander
Colusa Grass
Boggs Lake Hedge-hyssop
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The mission of The Natomas Basin Conservancy is to promote biological conservation along with economic development and the continuation of agriculture in the Natomas Basin. The Habitat Conservation Plan establishes a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected loss of habitat values and take of protected species that would result from urban development, operation irrigation and drainage systems, and rice farming. The goal of the Habitat Conservation Plan is to preserve, restore, and enhance habitat values in the Natomas Basin while allowing urban development to proceed according to local land use plans.


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The Conservancy, acting as Plan Operator for the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), and the Metro Air Park Habitat Conservation Plan (MAPHCP), is charged with the conservation and protection of the 22 species "covered" by both Habitat Conservation Plans and Incidental Take Permits. These Covered Species are cataloged in a publication produced by the Conservancy. The Covered Species catalog is available at no cost as a free download on the Conservancy's web site. It is useful as an educational tool for field personnel, consultants, visitors, researchers and others with a general interest in the NBHCP and MAPHCP.

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Danelle Stylos elected Board President

Danelle Stylos was elected as President of the Board of Directors of the Conservancy at its recent Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Stylos has been on the Conservancy’s Board since 2011, and previously served on the Board from 2003 through 2007. She serves as Sutter County’s Community Services Director and was appointed to the Conservancy’s Board of Directors by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. She is the third Board President to have served the Conservancy, following David Christophel and Anne Rudin.

Stylos replaces David Christophel as Board President. Christophel has served as Board President since 2003 and has been on the Conservancy’s Board since 2001. He also serves as Board President of Reclamation District 1000.

During its elections, the Board also re-elected Mike Bradbury to be the Board’s Vice President, William Edgar as Chief Financial Officer, and elected Christophel as Corporate Secretary. John Roberts was elected as Assistant Secretary.

2014 HCP Fee Established

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The Conservancy Board of Directors made its annual HCP fee recommendation to the City of Sacramento and County of Sutter recently. The required recalculation of the NBHCP Finance Model indicated a raised fee, largely attributable to increased land price estimates. With the February 4, 2014 approval of the fee by the Sacramento City Council, the Conservancy Board’s fee recommendation for 2014 has been set.

This year's fee is $32,259 per disturbed acre. (The HCP fee for 2013 was $27,419 per disturbed acre.) For mitigation conducted with land dedication, the HCP is changed from $18,669 per disturbed acre (2013) to $21,009 per acre (2014). The HCP fee had been trending downward for the last several years (see charts) due to the expected reduced costs for mitigation land acquisition. This was largely attributable to the building moratorium that was put in place in the Natomas Basin due to flood concerns of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The slow economy is thought to also be a contributor. 

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Now with progress made on protecting the property and lives in the Natomas Basin by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) as well as action taken in the U.S. Congress, experts engaged by the Conservancy indicated higher land costs going forward. These costs were largely responsible for the end of the downward trend in the fee, although the fee for 2014 is the second lowest fee since the fee for the year 2005.

The Conservancy expects little or no mitigation activity for 2014.

Conservancy Board of Directors amends land dedication policy

The Conservancy’s Board of Directors recently amended the organization's “Land Dedication Checklist” to account for changes in the Sacramento International Airport’s policies regarding land use in proximity to the airport. The Land Dedication Checklist was first developed to make clear the Conservancy’s terms for accepting land to satisfy that portion of the NBHCP fee that accounts for land acquisition. Its preparation and adoption by the Conservancy’s Board of Directors was a result of numerous questions about the process posed by those seeking mitigation using the land dedication process.

The Checklist was amended to note that land proposed for dedication to the Conservancy in lieu of payment of the Land Acquisition Fund portion of the NBHCP fee must not conflict with restrictions associated with Sacramento International Airport. These new restrictions were made a part of the Comprehensive Land Use Compatibility Plan for Sacramento International Airport. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) facilitated the process which made the changes.

A copy of the Conservancy’s Land dedication Checklist can be found on the "Project Mitigation" section of the Conservancy’s website.

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