Yolo County Joint Powers Agency

Overview

The Yolo County HCP/NCCP Joint Powers Agency ("JPA") was formed in August 2002 for the purposes of acquiring Swainson's hawk habitat conservation easements and to serve as the lead agency for the preparation of a county-wide Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP), now known as the Yolo Natural Heritage Program. 

Meetings and Agendas

Board Members
The JPA manages two programs:
  • Yolo Natural Heritage Program. The Yolo Natural Heritage Program is a county-wide Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP) for the 653,820 acre planning area.  The Yolo Natural Heritage Program will conserve the natural open space and agricultural landscapes that provide habitat for many special status and at-risk species found within the habitats and natural communities in the County. The Yolo Natural Heritage Program will describe the measures that will be undertaken to conserve important biological resources, obtain permits for urban growth and public infrastructure projects, and continue Yolo County's rich agricultural heritage.

  • Swainson's Hawk Interim Mitigation Fee Program. Established in 1993, the program utilizes mitigation fees to acquire conservation easements protecting Swainson's hawk habitat. Currently, the JPA is pursuing several specific opportunities with local farmers and other property owners. The JPA's first transaction in July 2006 leveraged a 118-acre acquisition to complete a 643-acre conservation easement on agricultural land just north of the City of Davis. A second transaction completed in 2007 allowed the JPA to expand an existing 600-acre habitat easement by 200 acres. Pending transactions totaling 690 acres are expected to close before the summer. Changes to the Swainson's Hawk Interim Mitigation Fee program in 2006 (that require developers with projects over 40 acres in size to mitigate directly) have resulted in the protection of an additional 1,027 acres of Swainson's hawk foraging habitat.


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