Our 22 Covered Species

Bank Swallow

Scientific Name:
Riparia riparia

Status:
State-listed as threatened

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Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name:
Athene cunicularia

Status:
California species of special concern

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Cackling Goose

Scientific Name:
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia

Status:
Removed from the endangered species list in 2001

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White-Faced Ibis

Scientific Name:
Plegadis chihi

Status:
California species of special concern

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Western Spadefoot Toad

Scientific Name:
Spea hammondii

Status:
California species of special concern

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Northwestern Pond Turtle

Scientific Name:
Emys marmorata marmorata

Status:
California species of special concern

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Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Lepidurus packardi

Status:
Federally listed as endangered

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Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta lynchi

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle

Scientific Name:
Desmocerus californicus dimorphous

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Tricolored Blackbird

Scientific Name:
Agelaius tricolor

Status:
California species of special concern

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Swainson's Hawk

Scientific Name:
Buteo swainsoni

Status:
State-listed as Threatened

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Slender Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia tenuis

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as threatened

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Sanford's Arrowhead

Scientific Name:
Sagittaria sanfordii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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Sacramento Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia viscida

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as endangered

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Midvalley Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta mesovallensis

Status:
None

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Loggerhead Shrike

Scientific Name:
Lanius ludovicianus

Status:
California species of special concern

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Legenere

Scientific Name:
Legenere limosa

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.1

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Giant Garter Snake

Scientific Name:
Thamnophis gigas

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Delta Tule Pea

Scientific Name:
Lathyrus jepsonii var. jepsonii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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California Tiger Salamander

Scientific Name:
Ambystoma californiense

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Colusa Grass

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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Boggs Lake Hedge-hyssop

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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cattails_r 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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Covered Species Catalog

Covered SpeciesThe 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. 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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Seasons of the Natomas Basin Conservancy
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2013 Implementation Annual Report

2013 Annual Implementation Report Executive SummaryEach year, the Conservancy must file an Implementation Annual Report with the state and federal Wildlife Agencies as well as to all “parties” to the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP). The Metro Air Park Habitat Conservation Plan is also included in the circulation. These reports are extensive (many hundreds of pages in length). An Executive Summary Report is available which capsulizes the more comprehensive report, complete report. This 2013 Executive Summary report is now available. Past year reports are available in the Helpful Documents section under Annual Reports & Audited Financial Statements.

2013 Implementation Annual Report (PDF, 1.03MB)

Danelle Stylos elected Board President

Danelle StylosDanelle 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

NBC140221chartshcpfeehistory2The 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.


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