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Jenny Tan
Public Information Officer
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Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8042
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Yolo Habitat Conservancy Wins Award of Excellence

Post Date:05/19/2020 9:08 AM

Press Release

Yolo Habitat Conservancy Wins Award of Excellence

(Woodland, CA) - The Yolo Habitat Conservancy recently received the 2020 American Planning Association’s (APA) Sacramento Valley Section Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation in Green Planning and has been invited to apply for the 2020 APA California Awards.

In 2019, the Yolo Habitat Conservancy completed the Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)/Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP), a countywide conservation approach that provided mitigation for infrastructure and development of activities identified for construction over the next 50 years in Yolo County, including Endangered Species Act permits. The Yolo HCP/NCCP coordinates improvements to maximize benefits to sensitive species as well as conserves habitat above and beyond required mitigation. In addition, the plan will result in the conservation of tens of thousands of acres of habitat benefitting 12 species while providing developers a simplified approach of mitigation through the Yolo Habitat Conservancy.

“This award is a testimony to our communities’ commitment to smart planning practices that seek to balance the needs of our natural habitats and the needs of the development community,” said Yolo County Supervisor and Chair of Yolo County Habitat Conservancy Don Saylor. “This conservation approach is the result of over twenty-five years of collaborative efforts by Yolo County, our four cities, and the University of California at Davis. This award shows that the hard work to put this plan together is already beginning to bear fruit.”

The Yolo HCP/NCCP also will build on existing conservation efforts, such as the work of the City of Davis Open Space Program to preserve agricultural land, Yolo County’s work to restore Cache Creek through implementation of the Cache Creek Resources Management Plan, and the work of the Solano County Water Agency and the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee to enhance and restore riparian habitat along Putah Creek.

“The Yolo Habitat Conservancy is but the latest example of the member agencies being at the forefront of best practices in environmental stewardship,” said City of West Sacramento Councilmember and Vice Chair of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy Martha Guerrero. “The Yolo Habitat Conservancy will be an integral part of preserving our cherished natural landscapes into the future.”

Some nominations in the APA California Awards require a win at the Section level, where the project, plan or work occurred, to be eligible for a Chapter Award. By winning at the Section level, the Yolo Habitat Conservancy will now be eligible for a higher, Chapter Award with the APA.

The Yolo Habitat Conservancy is a joint powers agency comprised of Yolo County and the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland, whose mission is to conserve natural and working landscapes, and the species on which they depend, by working with local communities and conservation partners to coordinate mitigation and implement regional habitat conservation. For more information, visit: https://www.yolohabitatconservancy.org/

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