Breaking News!

The Habitat Institute has just completed a 7 month scientific review of the Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) method that followed the National Academy of Sciences process.  The review was part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) model review overseen by their Planning Center of Expertise (PCX).

The Habitat Institute and the USACE will be working on next steps for implementation. 

 

Invitation Accepted

The Habitat Institute has accepted an invitation to present CHAP to the NRDA West Coast Joint Assessment Team, Seattle, WA.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Mitigation Policy

The Habitat Institute will be presenting to United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) a bureau within the Department of Interior on May 24TH, 2016. How Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) system can address requirements set forth in the Presidential Memorandum for Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
This CHAP presentation will touch base specifically on the details published in the Presidential Memorandum and USFWS’s Proposed Mitigation Policy: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/08/2016-05142/proposed-revisions-to-the-us-fish-and-wildlife-service-mitigation-policy

SCAG takes a powerful step in the right direction: Protecting the environment.

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) releases a report for public comment that supports the application of innovative land conservation tools. Stating the application of, The Habitat Institute’s Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) accounting and appraisal tool was applied to measure habitat quality for their Conservation Framework and Assessment Report, and that this report acts as a key step towards a regional conservation program and/or a regional advance mitigation plan.

http://scagrtpscs.net/Documents/2016/draft/d2016RTPSCS_NaturalFarmLands.pdf

EPA acknowledges NHI’s CHAP approach under their Regional, Habitat Assessments – Water: Healthy Watersheds

EPA’s mission is “to protect human health and the environment.” EPA, along with other federal and state agencies collectively bears responsibilities for ensuring that ecological systems are conserved. In particular collaborating with the Habitat Institute working to sustain and restore natural freshwater resources/habitats. Freshwater habitats are comprised of flowing (i.e., streams and rivers) and standing (i.e., lakes, ponds, and wetlands) waters.. Viewing complex biological systems and conducting ecological research assessment projects dealing with developing ways to more efficiently evaluate the health of water bodies. Function research looks at what water bodies do for us, such as providing drinking water or habitat for fish, and how to protect those functions. Together, these water research projects help protect the nation’s wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes.