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.

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.

July 2015

A final CHAP habitat assessment report for the San Francisco Bay South Shoreline project that addresses sea rise issues was submitted and accepted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

May 2015

Northwest Habitat Institute produces its first IBook, A Guide to Oregon and Washington Wetland Wildlife and their Habitats. Schools are able to receive a discount, please contact us.