The Open Space Authority is the first agency in California to sponsor and develop a Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS), as part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's RCIS Program. Enabled by the passage of a new State law (AB 2087) in 2016, the Santa Clara County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (SCCRCIS) is a planning tool that promotes the voluntary conservation of species, habitats, and other natural resources and allows advance mitigation for public infrastructure projects.
*The Habitat Plan is a 50-year regional plan to protect endangered species and natural resources while allowing for future development in Santa Clara County.
The draft SCCRCIS is currently in a public comment period. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be accepting public comments through March 22, 2018. After the public comment period closes, CDFW will perform its final review of the document.
Developed with input from conservation and transportation agencies and organizations, the SCCRCIS, once complete, will be available for use to inform voluntary conservation and enhancement actions for focal species, sensitive habitats, other conservation elements, including habitat connectivity and working landscapes. As the sponsor, the Authority will track work to conduct conservation actions identified in the SCCRCIS, including the development of priority conservation areas.