- Focused Biological Surveys of property
- USFWS protocol surveys for the California tiger salamander and the California red legged-frog
- Spring floristic inventory
- Focused rare plant surveys
- Wetland Delineation
- Prepared Habitat Conservation Plan
- Covered 11 animal species: California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, western spadefoot toad, silvery legless lizard, coast horned lizard, southwestern pond turtle, two-striped garter snake, burrowing owl, tri-colored blackbird, yellow warbler, and horned lark.
- Covered 2 special-status plants: Blochman's leafy daisy and San Luis Obispo County (or Cambria) morning glory
The Mahoney Ranch is an approximately 450-acre property located just outside the City of Santa Maria's western city limits in the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California. Rincon Consultants began this project by preparing a due diligence constraints analysis that identified a number of potential biological resources issues, including the potential presence of two federally endangered species. Following consultation with resource agency personnel and the landowner, Rincon conducted USFWS protocol surveys for the California tiger salamander and the California red legged-frog. Spring floristic inventory and focused rare plant surveys were also conducted, as well as a Wetland Delineation. The focused technical studies were then organized into a final report that was utilized throughout the development planning process for this property.
The next phase of the project was to prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan in order to obtain a Section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. This was required because of the potential for federally endangered species that was found in the focused technical studies. Rincon incorporated and updated the findings included in the Mahoney Ranch Focused Biological Studies and Wetland Delineation (Rincon Consultants Inc. 2004) to establish the baseline conditions for determining levels of incidental take and effects on CRLF and CTS. The preparation of the HCP included the mandatory elements of an HCP and satisfied the permit issuance criteria required by regulation.
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