Open Space Creation and Management
City and County Parks

City of Sacramento, Southside Park Lake: May & Associates, Inc. conducted a delineation and assessed habitats within Southside Park to assist the city with grant application requirements. The city is applying for grant money to improve the existing habitats within the park. May & Associates, Inc. assisted with choosing possible habitats to restore and identifying areas of the park with the potential for enhancement. 2003.

Habitat Conservation Planning and Implementation
South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan, County of Sacramento: May & Associates, Inc. is currently assisting the County of Sacramento Planning Department with preparation of several elements of the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP). The SSHCP will eventually encompass the developmet and preservation of hundreds of acres of land in southern Sacramento County, including areas around the City of Elk Grove. May & Associates, Inc. is currently developing the agricultural, grassland, and oak woodland elements of the HCP, and also correlating data from species elements with their use of these habitat types. Ongoing, 2004 to present.
San Joaquin Council of Governments, Implementation of hte Habitat and Open Space Conservation Plan, Land Management Services: In late spring 2002, May & Associates, Inc. was awarded the Land Management contract to assist the San Joaquin Council of Governments with implementation of the Habitat and Open Space Conservation Plan for San Joaquin County. This plan is one of the first Habitat Conservation Plans to be implemented in California, and the first to be implemented primarily with Conservation Easements from willing landowners. The Plan will be implemented over a 50-year period, resulting in the aquisition of Conservation Easements or fee title of over 100,000 acres of land for open space and conservation values. 2002 to 2004.
City of Sacramento and Sutter County, Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, Additional Biological Studies: Performed additional biological studies and project alternative assessments in support of the revised HCP document. 2001 to 2002.
PG&E, HCP for Nine Bay Area Counties: Assisted with Technical Botanical analysis of over 300 plants initially considered for the HCP. Of these species, 64 were included and analyzed in the HCP document. Assisted with developing parameters of GIS modeling and analysis of impacts of PG&E maintenence facilities on listed plant species. Subconsultat to Jones & Stokes. 2004.
San Joaquin Resource Conservation District, Vernal Pool Education and Outreach Programs: May & Associates, Inc. has been awarded three grants from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a vernal pool information and education program for San Joaquin County. The Program includes development and implementation of an educational outreach program for the County residents; preparation of informational brochures and handouts on vernal pool issues; coordination and facilitation of a series of technical workshops on vernal pool regulatory issues (Endangered Species and Wetlands); and development of an electronic media internet site on vernal pool resources. More recently, the SJRCD was awarded a grant of $500,000 to purchase critical vernal pool mitigation sites in San Joaquin County. 1995 to 2001.
San Joaquin Resource Conservation District, Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Program: The San Joaquin Resource Conservation District (RCD) was recently awarded a CALFED grant to prepare a watershed plan for the lower Mokelumne River in San Joaquin County. For the 1999 project funding, May & Associates, Inc. assisted with grant preparation and assisted the program coordinator with preparing an issues and opportunities report that describes watershed stakeholder's vision for future watershed development and stewardship. 1996 to 2000.

Watershed Planning
Fire Management Plan Biological Assessment, Golden Gate National Recreation Area May & Associates, Inc.: prepared a large-scale Biological Assessment for the GGNRA to initiate Section 7 Endangered Species Act consultation for their Fire Management Plan. The Biological Assessment addressed possible effects from fire management activities such as suppression of wildfires to prescribed burns and manual fuel reduction to 15 federally listed species, essential fish habitat for Coho salmon and proposed critical habitat for the California red-legged frog. May & Associates , Inc. woked with GGNRA natural resources staff in analyzing project activities, their potential effects on these listed species and habitats, and assisted in the development of conservation measures to protect these species and habitats from adverse effects. 2004 to 2005.
Tennessee Hollow Environmental Assessment, Presidio Trust: As a subconsultant for URS, May & Associates, Inc. prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Presidio Trust in order to initiate the NEPA process for their proposed project to daylight the creek and restore a riparian corridor in the Tennessee hollow region of the Presidio of San Francisco. The Environmental Assessment analyzed potential impacts to special status species, sensitive habitats, and wildlife from three alternatives of the project (including the No Action Alternative). May & Associates, Inc. worked with the National Park Service natural resources staff to prepare mitigation measures for potentially significant impacts to sensitive biological resources. 2004.
Contra Costa County Clean Water Program, Rapid Biological Assessment: Conducted second and third year Rapid Biological Assessment of four watersheds in Contra Costa County and assisted in educating volunteers for future monitoring. RBA examines physical and biological characteristics of streambeds for information on pollution effects to the ecosystem. Subconsultant to Scott Cressey. 2002 to 2003.
PG&E/SMUD, American River Parkway Herbicide Management: May & Associates, Inc. collected water samples in the American River Watersheds for analysis of potential runoff of herbicide treated areas using US Forest Service-approved water sampling protocols. As a good faith effort, PG&E and SMUD will also do a Rapid Biological Assessment in the watershed to show that no damage to the ecosystem occured due to herbicide treatment. Subconsultant to Brenton VMS. Ongoing, 2003 to present.
San Joaquin River Parkway: Assisted the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust with developing an invasive plant control and revegetation prioritization plan to be implemented by grants received by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. The plan focused on preparing comprehensive weed mapping by river reach, providing regulatory compliance information and assessing possible environmental permit requirements for weed removal activities, and reviewing and updating GIS data with additional data sets or conducting ground-truthing to check GIS mapping data accuracy. Also prepared maps of existing Department of Water Resources weed data. 2002 to 2003.

Mitigation Banking
Biological Monitoring, Bryte Ranch Mitigation Bank: Since 2003 May & Associates, Inc. has conducted annual biological monitoring at the Bryte Ranch Mitigation Bank in eastern Sacramento County. Biological monitoring is being conducted to document the status of endagered species and sensitive vernal pool habitats at the site on an annual basis to assess overall site conditions, and to prescribe management actions that could benefit the sensitive species and habitat that are the subject of the Bank. Services conducted to date include large brachiopod surveys (vernal pool fairy shrimp, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, mid valley fairy shrimp, and an overall inventory for other aquatic invertebrate species); rare plant surveys; general wildlife surveys; focused Swainson's hawk and western burrowing owl surveys; and an upland grazing management assessment of the site's annual grassland and residual dry matter (RDM). The first annual report was submitted in 2004, and included management suggestions for improving upland range forage and overall vegetation diversity at the bank. 2004 to 2005 surveys are currently underway. Ongoing, 2003 to present.
Stillwater Plains Mitigation Bank: May & Associates, Inc. is currently assisting a private landowner with establishing a wetland and endangered species mitigation bank. This second-generation rancher is proposing to restore degraded wetlands and preserve wetland and endangered species habitats, while providing income for the family ranch by selling mitigation "credits" to local developers and state and federal agencies. Assistance has included conducting baseline biological surveys and wetland delineations; preparing mitigation bank development plans; and assisting agencies with development of the mitigation bank Prospectus, Bank Enabling Instrument, related Conservation Easement, resource management and vernal pool monitoring plans, and related land use restrictions. Also, completed Section 7 Consultation for all federally endangered species with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Section 2081 agreement with the California Department of Fish and Game, and a Section 404 Clean Water Permit with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of the bank. Ongoing, 1997 to present.
San Joaquin County Council of Governments: May & Associates, Inc. is currently assisting the San Joaquin Council of Governments (COG) and the San Joaquin Resource Conservation District with the identification and ranking of suitable habitat mitigation bank sites throughout the San Joaquin County Area. Numerous bank sites were identified and ranked, and negotiations with landowners have begun. Ongoing, 1997 to present.
Richland Development Corporation, Black Diamond Estates, Burrowing Owl Mitigation Site: Developed a burrowing owl mitigation site in Antioch, CA. For the project, designed and installed artificial burrowing owl burrows at an open space area adjacent to the Black Diamond Mines State Park boundary. Burrowing owl use of the artificial burrows was monitoried, resulting in establishment of a new burrowing owl pair at the site. 2000 to 2001.
National Parks and other Public Lands

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