In December 2005, the Conservation Strategy Team published the Santa Rosa Plain Conservation Strategy. The Strategy provides the biological framework for conservation of the endangered California tiger salamander (CTS) and four rare plant species found in conjunction with wetland habitat on the Santa Rosa Plain. It identifies conservation areas and mitigation requirements for development projects that will impact the habitat of these protected species. The local jurisdictions (the County of Sonoma, the cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Cotati, and the Town of Windsor) have adopted the Santa Rosa Plain Conservation Strategy Planning Agreement that supports the conservation approach set forth in the Strategy and recognizes that a number of important implementation issues still need to be worked out before the Strategy can be put into full effect.
The main purpose of the Planning Agreement is to establish a process and timeline for the local jurisdictions to finalize and develop an implementation program for the Conservation Strategy. This includes creation of the Santa Rosa Plain Conservation Strategy Implementation Committee to guide this effort. The Implementation Committee includes representatives from each of the local agencies and representatives from the environmental, agricultural, viticultural and development communities. Staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game serve as technical advisors to the Implementation Committee.
The Planning Agreement also calls for full public participation and outreach in this process, including public meetings of the Implementation Committee. The Committee meets monthly, typically on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Hearing Room of the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
Implementation Committee Documents:
April 18, 2007 Department of Fish and Game GIS Data Summary
September 28, 2007 Cover Memo for Draft Plan - September 28, 2007
September 28, 2007 CTS MOU and Implementation Plan Draft - September 28, 2007
February 20, 2008 LSA Cost Estimate