Biological Resource Inventories & Mapping

Butler Ranch Subdivision Project, Ventura County, California

Project Name: Butler Ranch Subdivision Project, Ventura County, California
Services: Biological Resource Inventories and Mapping
Client: Robert Butler

Padre prepared an extensive biological inventory for a 600 acre property located between Moorpark and Simi Valley, in Ventura County, California. In addition, an Initial Study Biological Assessment was prepared according to the Ventura County ISBA Guidelines. Special-status species observed at Butler Ranch included Catalina mariposa lily, narrow-leaved stillingia, coastal western whiptail, white-tailed kite, Costa’s hummingbird, Nuttall’s woodpecker, oak titmouse, Southern California rufous-crowned sparrow, and lark sparrow. Padre biologists worked closely with the project engineer to develop a tract map that would minimize habitat loss for special-status species and allow for a biological preserve which would permanently preserve large habitat blocks within Butler Ranch totaling approximately 240 acres.

Cave Landing Bike Path Project, Avila Beach, California

Project Name: Cave Landing Bike Path Project, Avila Beach, California
Services: Biological Resource Assessment
Client: San Luis Obispo County Parks

Padre completed a biological resources survey for a proposed bike path project that would connect Cave Landing Road to Bluff Drive in Avila Beach, California. The project consisted of construction of the bike path and future improvement projects to the existing Cave Landing parking lot and trail that connects the parking lot to the Pirate’s Cove Beach area. The primary objectives of the field surveys of the site were to determine the biological resources (both marine and terrestrial) occurring within the area of potential effect. Reporting of the field surveys included the characterization of areas supporting native vegetation and wildlife habitat including the adjacent marine habitats. The biological resource assessment also focused on the potential for presence of special-status species and known habitat of special-status species, the potential impacts of project activities, and recommended mitigation measures for project activities.

City of Plymouth Water Pipeline Project, Amador County, California

Project Name: City of Plymouth Water Pipeline Project, Amador County, California
Services: Biological and Special-Status Species Surveys, CEQA/NEPA, Permitting and Monitoring
Client: Planning Partners and City of Plymouth

Padre staff conducted biological field surveys, prepared the biological resources section of an EIR/EA, and prepared, submitted, and coordinated regulatory permit applications for an eight-mile long potable water pipeline project in Amador County, California. Field studies entailed special-status species surveys, habitat mapping, plant and wildlife inventories, and tree surveys along the proposed pipeline alignment. Permit applications were prepared and submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers for Nationwide Permit No. 12, a streambed alteration agreement from the California Department of Fish and Game, and a water quality certification from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. In addition, a Biological Assessment was prepared and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address potential impacts to the valley elderberry longhorn beetle and California red-legged frog.

All permits were issued and the project is under construction. Padre provided environmental awareness training to construction workers, pre-construction surveys and construction monitoring services for the project.