Giving Tuesday a Generosity Movement.

Benefiting 501(c) (3) Science and Education organization , The Habitat Institute.

Join Us! In this global generosity movement “Giving Tuesday” unleashing the power of the people. On December 01, 2020 charity organizations around the world are coming together to encourage the people to do good for our communities and the world.

The Habitat Institute’s “Giving Tuesday” Facebook Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/donate/883240529146611/3367015510002699/

USACE Los Angeles District Office Awards $9.8M Indefinite Delivery Contract (IDC) to The Habitat Institute in Partnership with DR Reed & Associates to use the CHAP Science.

Great News!! The Habitat Institute in partnership with DR Reed & Associates Team has been selected by the Los Angeles District Office for an Indefinite Delivery Contract (IDC) within the Los Angeles District, and South Pacific Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

This contract creates access for the Los Angeles District, and South Pacific Division to use the Institute’s CHAP Science wide for sixty (60) month period or until the not-to-exceed amount of $9,800,000.00 has been met, whichever occurs first.


Awarded # W912PL-19-R-0006. Dated: 01/14/2020.

Oregon Moves to Function and Value Approach to Wetland Mitigation but Approaches Fall Short in Capturing Biodiversity Values

Oregon’s Department of State Lands has developed a new revised rule, effective April 1, 2019, which move toward functions- and values-based mitigation.  Part of the approach list the Stream Function Assessment Method, however, the method depicted falls way short of the same application used by the Habitat Institute.  The Institute actually applied the Stream Function Assessment as part of the CHAP in early 2015.  This combined approached was used to assess baseline conditions at Aliso-Wood Canyon Creeks Ecosystem Restoration and alternative scenarios developed by the Corps of Engineers.

The other approach, Oregon Rapid Wetland Assessment Protocols, similarly falls short in capturing a sites potential biodiversity.

California Mitigation Requires an Ecosystem Based Metric and Credit ~ No Longer Business As Usual

If you need an ecosystem mitigation assessment to determine mitigation credit(s), then use the Habitat Institute’s Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP). CHAP uses a habitat and biodiversity valuing system to determine baseline conditions, impacts, mitigation and future conditions. In so doing it addresses the recent changes made to the California Fish & Wildlife Code by Assembly Bill 2402 [Sept. 2012] and 2087 [Nov. 2017.]

State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is mandated to use an ecosystem based management approach to decision making for all resource management decisions [Assembly Bill 2402, Section 10, 703.3 9/25/2012]. Further, the California Assembly passed Bill 2087 [November 2017] defines mitigation metrics and mitigation credits. This later legislation amends California  Fish & Wildlife Code 1854 (e) as follows, “the department [CDFW] shall require the use of consistent metrics that incorporate both area and quality of habitat and other natural resource [values] to measure the net change resulting from the implementation of conservation actions and habitat enhancement actions.” and  also amends California Fish & Wildlife Code 1856 (a)  by stating under mitigation credit agreements, “conservation action or habitat enhancement actions…may be used to create mitigation credits that can be used to compensate for impacts to focal species and other species, habitat and other natural resources.”  By so doing, these changes link the mitigation metric to the mitigation credit to an ecosystem management approach.

Just IMAGINE if every day was Earth Day.

“We believe that every day is Earth Day at The Habitat Institute.”

A more sustainable natural world is in our near future for the State of California and our Nation.

The following legislation in the State of California – Has set fourth required elements for the identifying and using the best-available-science:

California’s Marine Life Management Act (pg. 6 of 112)

Assembly Bill 2087 Section 1853, Subsection (2)

Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) Required Elements of an RCIS, Subsection: Stressors and Pressures (pg. 3 of 8)

This legislation affirms that identifying and using the best-available-science is of high priority for the State of California. The Habitat Institute’s System For Assessing Habitat Value called Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols or CHAP has been reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences; and has proven scientific proof-of-concept for all of the following:

Impact and Mitigation

Cumulative Effects

Conservation Strategies

Flood-Risk Management

Ecosystem Restoration

Natural Resource Damage Assessments

Now is the time, in joining us to take affirmative action(s) that will defend your belief that “Every Day Is Earth Day”. We do this by educating ourselves and others through the best-available-science.

Happy Every Day Is Earth Day!

-Team Habitat

Image courtesy of NASA.gov

The Habitat Team is wishing you the BEST in 2019:

Let this coming year be filled with our robust conservation goals met, founded in science, and contentment that we are doing all we can to create knowledge to enhance, maintain and value earth’s natural habitats and their biodiversity through time.

Sincerely,
The Habitat Team