Conservation Affairs Committee
The Conservation Affairs Committee is part of The Wildlife Society’s Conservation Affairs Network. Using the documents found on The Wildlife Society’s website to guide our activities locally we have been active for several years. Our goals:
- Develop our guidance documents tiered from The Wildlife Society’s Conservation Affairs Network Document
- Provide technical expertise by writing letters or appearing at workshops and meetings and use our membership’s knowledge and expertise to provide sound science as needed in the region.
- Work with our Professional Development Committee to host events that engage and inform our membership and provide outreach opportunities outside our membership
- Provide current information on this webpage that has conservation affairs interest
Items of Interest
South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan
The South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan draft EIR/EIS is open for comments until September 5, 2017. For more information please visit South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan.
The South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) is a regional approach to addressing issues related to urban development, habitat conservation and agricultural protection. The SSHCP will consolidate environmental efforts to protect and enhance wetlands (primarily vernal pools) and upland habitats to provide ecologically viable conservation areas. It will also minimize regulatory hurdles and streamline the permitting process for development projects.
The County of Sacramento and our partners (City of Rancho Cordova, City of Galt, Sacramento County Water Agency, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and the Capital Southeast Connector JPA) are currently engaged in a collaborative effort with state and federal regulatory agencies to complete the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan.
Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan
The Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan draft documents are available for comments until August 30, 2017. For more information pleases visit Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan.
The Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Communities Conservation Plan (Yolo HCP/NCCP) is a comprehensive, county-wide plan to provide for the conservation of 12 sensitive species and the natural communities and agricultural land on which they depend, as well as a streamlined permitting process to address the effects of a range of future anticipated activities on these 12 species. The Yolo HCP/NCCP refers to the range of future anticipated activities as covered activities and the 12 sensitive species covered by this HCP/NCCP as covered species. The Yolo HCP/NCCP will improve habitat conservation efforts in Yolo County; encourage sustainable economic activity; and maintain and enhance agricultural production.
Feral Cats in Sacramento County
Feral cats in Sacramento have been of interest to the Conservation Affairs Committee and the Chapter Board for several years. We have collected information about feral cats in the Sacramento region here. We would like to move from tracking feral cat information to engaging our members as well as the feral cat community to develop some policies and help resolve the problem so cats can find a home and not impact the environment in which they live. See our page and contact us to get involved.