Santa Lucia Preserve

Habitat Conservation, Mitigation, and Restoration Plans for a Private Development Located within an 18,000-Acre Preserve in Carmel Valley.

Goals

  • Create a residential development within a private preserve while minimizing impacts to sensitive resources
  • Enhance existing biological and landscape resources and provide for public access to the preserve
  • Provide for permanent stewardship and protection of sensitive resources and wildlife habitat
The wetland restoration design produced for this project by WRA received a National Merit Award from the Association of Landscape Architects in 2003.

The wetland restoration design produced for this project by WRA received a National Merit Award from the Association of Landscape Architects in 2003.

Project Description

Wetland restoration construction includes enhancement of California red legged frog habitat.
The Santa Lucia Preserve is a 350-unit residential and golf community located on 2,000 acres within an 18,000-acre preserve in Carmel Valley, California. WRA assisted developers by identifying sensitive resources within the planned development and developing a strategy for reducing impacts to these resources. This included analysis of endangered species issues and assistance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Endangered Species Act consultation in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

The habitat conservation, wetland mitigation, and riparian restoration plans produced by WRA helped to reduce environmental impacts associated with the development and secured regulatory approval for the project. WRA continues to assist developers with the restoration and monitoring of the preserve.

Deliverables

  • Jurisdictional Wetland Delineation Report
  • Resource Agency Permits (USFWS, Corps)
  • Wetland and Riparian Mitigation and Restoration Plans
  • Restoration Construction Drawings and Wetland Grading Specifications
  • Long-Term Habitat Conservation Plan

 


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