Category Archives: Resource Management

Bumble Bees May Soon Be Eligible for Listing Under the California Endangered Species Act

What is the current listing status for California bumble bees? On May 31, 2022, the Third Appellate Court District in California ruled that “…a terrestrial invertebrate, like each of the four bumble bee species, may be listed as an endangered or threatened species under the [California Endangered Species Act],” under the definition of ‘fish.’ This

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A Path to Success: How to Design Engaging Trails that Connect People with Nature

Public trails, when thoughtfully designed, are excellent for recreation and environmental education. By integrating unique features and a variety of amenities on trails, users can enjoy an elevated experience that inspires a connection with nature. And with travel to the trailhead typically as the only cost, trails promote environmental justice by providing accessible recreation opportunities

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How to Secure and Expedite Western Joshua Tree Incidental Take Permits

The western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is a species of ecological and cultural importance that occurs across large swathes of California’s desert. In early 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission considered listing the western Joshua tree as a threatened species but has not yet made a decision about whether it will do so.  However,

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7 Tips to Help You Manage Spring Biology Surveys in 2024

Every spring biology survey is slightly different because of varying rain, temperature, and other factors. While some species—plants and some invertebrates, to name two—have variable survey seasons, others have well-established or agency-mandated survey seasons. Missing a survey window can adversely impact a project’s schedule and defensibility. By working closely with expert biologists, you can identify

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Western Joshua Tree Listing Status under the California ESA

On February 8, 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) considered several items, including the petition to list the western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) status review report; and comments received to potentially determine whether listing the tree as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

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How Studying Paleolakes Can Help Us Understand Climate and Cultural Change

The arid lands of western North America contain many dry lake beds that typically hold water for only a few weeks or months of the year. However, at various times in the past, when precipitation was more abundant and evaporation was less severe, these areas (paleolakes) were inundated to create large and relatively stable inland

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3 Reasons you Need a Protected Species Observer to Ensure Marine Project Success

From November 1 through March 31, manatees migrate south from along the Eastern Seaboard, seeking warmer waters off the coast of Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico. During these five months, manatee presence in the area increases significantly, so many in-water construction activities must be halted. In 2021, an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) was

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Buena Vista Creek Restoration Improves Ecosystem Services and Fosters Community Stewardship

Throughout California, riparian habitat and water resources are threatened by the effects of climate change and continued population growth. Buena Vista Creek in Oceanside, California is one such place. The creek has been highly fragmented due to development and contains engineered creek segments, which has degraded native habitat, decreased native riparian and freshwater wetlands, and

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Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog Listing Status under the California and Federal ESA

On December 28, 2021, the USFWS published a proposed rule in the Federal Register listing four of six Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) under the Endangered Species Act. This follows the 2020 listing by the California Fish and Game Commission of five of six clades of the foothill yellow-legged

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