Open Space Links and Resources



SCAG Program Links & Resources

 

Key Open Space Stakeholder Organizations   A list of important stakeholder organizations for SCAG to consultant during the open space planning process. Involvement from additional stakeholder organizations is strongly encouraged.

Natural Resource Science Experts List   A list of scientists whose research provides scientific information regarding natural resources in the SCAG region.

Existing Information and Data Gaps for Natural Resources Report  Provides a summary of the information gathered in support of expanding SCAG’s GIS database for resources relevant to natural resources planning for open space in the six-county SCAG region.

Inventory of Natural Resources Databases in SCAG Region   An inventory of the publically available open space data and data sources relevant to conservation and mitigation planning in the SCAG region. The databases include information covering the entire SCAG region, individual counties, or portions of counties.

Conservation Framework & Assessment  Outlines a regional natural resource conservation approach that accounts for impacts and improvements in a consistent manner across all habitats and landscapes. This assessment also includes a multi-species habitat evaluation method, the Combined Habitat Assessment Protocol (CHAP), at the regional scale and at a local, pilot scale.

Other Links & Resources

Green vs. Gray Infrastructure: When Nature is Better than Concrete (June 19, 2012)  This article from the World Resources Institute provides a succinct description of green infrastructure.

Measuring the Economic Value of A City Park System (2009)   A report on the economic value that cities and urban residents receive from their park and recreation syst

US EPA: Green Infrastructure   Green infrastructure information by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

More Green Infrastructure Resources   Recommended green infrastructure resources and links from the Green Infrastructure Center.

Green Infrastructure Strategy   A resource on items to consider for creating a green infrastructure strategy. Recommendations on policy considerations by the European Commission.

California Protected Areas Database (CPAD)   A GIS inventory of all protected park and open space lands in California, held in fee ownership by public agencies and non-profits.

USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP)  GAP identifies conservation gaps and maintains four primary data sets - land cover, protected areas, species, and aquatic resources – available for public use.

Ecological Principles for Managing Land Use  Key ecological principles for land use and management from The Ecological Society of America's Committee on Land Use.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)Statistics for California’s agricultural industry can be found at the CDFA website.

California Dept of Conservation: Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP)   DLRP works to conserve California's agricultural resources. They implement the California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) that encourages permanent farmland conservation through easements and the Williamson Act Program, voluntary agreements to restrict development of agricultural lands in exchange for tax reductions.

Farmland Mapping & Monitoring Program (FMMP)   The FMMP provides maps and statistical data on California's agricultural resources. Agricultural land maps are updated every two years.

MOCA: The Measure of California Agriculture (2009) Documents California agriculture and its relationship to the rest of the economy.

Save Our Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) Initiative The Cities and County of Ventura have managed to preserve their unique, rural character and create vibrant, sustainable cities by implementing ordinances that focus development within existing urban areas.

At Risk: Ventura County’s Open Space and Farmlands (2012)  This report analyzes the challenges of preserving Ventura County’s open space and agricultural lands and details actions needed to ensure their long-term preservation.

City of Los Angeles Urban Forestry   Urban Forestry Page from the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

City of Santa Monica Urban Forest Master Plan  The master plan establishes the vision for perpetuating and enhancing the city's urban forest. It provides a comprehensive guide on local ecosystems, appropriate tree species, maintenance practices, watering and other considerations.

i-Tree  A state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and community forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. iTree Tools are in the public domain and are freely accessible. Learn more about i-Tree 

USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry  Resources on urban forests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Mapping Green Access and Equity for Southern California

Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Mapping Green Access and Equity for Southern California  This report from The City Project maps and analyzes park access and equity in nine counties in Southern California - Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Santa Barbara and Imperial. The maps in this report plot green space in relation to population and other metrics to measure accessibility, such as distance to the park.

2012 Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) Environmental Justice Appendix

Ecological Society of America Fact Sheet on Ecosystem Services

Loss of Wild Insects Hurts Crops Around the World (Feb 28, 2013) An article detailing the importance of wild insects to agriculture.

USDA Forest Service Valuing Ecosystem Services United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service website provides additional references on ecosystem services including carbon sequestration, watershed services, biodiversity, and neighborhood trees.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report (2005)  The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was carried out between 2001 and 2005 to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being.

Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas (1999) A short paper analyzing ecosystem services in urban areas using Stockholm, Sweden as a model.

Ecosystem Services: A Guide For Decision-Makers (2008) This guide for the public sector provides guidelines on how to take ecosystem services into account in economic and social strategies. It introduces various methods to link ecosystems and development, including an ecosystem services framework, trends analyses, ecosystem service mapping, scenario planning, and a portfolio of policy options targeted at sustaining ecosystem services.  Click here for Quick Guide​.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Threatened and Endangered Species

California Floristic Province  The California Floristic Province is a zone of Mediterranean-type climate and has the high levels of plant endemism characteristic of these regions.

Why is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares?  Resource on the importance of biodiversity.

Hotspot - California on the Edge  California Academy of Sciences resources on California's hotspot regions.

Conservation Easements The Land Trust Alliance provides a good overview of how conservation easements work.

Private Lands Conservation: Conservation Easements  Addtional resources on conservation easements from The Nature Conservancy.

National Conservation Easement Database (NCED)  A national database of conservation easement information that makes easement data publicly available for download. The NCED does not collect landowner names or sensitive information.

Conservation Planning in California  A resource from the Institute of Ecological Health on conservation planning in California.

Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP)  Learn about NCCPs from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP)  Learn about HCPs from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Transfer of Development Rights  A discussion of transfer of development rights programs including TDR history, mechanics of implementing a TDR, TDR advantages and challenges.

Transfer of Development Rights Turns 40 (2007)  Commentary from a 2007 issue of Environmental Law and Planning discusses factors that lead to successful TDRs.

Transfer of Development Rights Fact Sheet from American Farmland Institute

Transfer of Development Rights in U.S. Communities (2007) An in-depth report on TDRs from Resources for the Future.

General Plan Guidelines from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (California)

State of California Regional Advance Mitigation Planning (RAMP) Website  Since 2008 the California Department of Water Resources has led a multi-agency effort to create RAMP guidelines for the state of California. The Draft Statewide Framework for Regional Advance Mitigation Planning in California was released April 2013 and is now available from the RAMP website upon request.

Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure ProjectsEco-Logical puts forth the conceptual groundwork for integrating plans across agency boundaries, and endorses ecosystem-based mitigation.

Breaking the Environmental Gridlock – Advance Mitigation Programs for Ecological Impacts (2010)  This article provides case studies of four programs that illustrate how various agencies are incorporating advance mitigation into their infrastructure planning and implementation.

Early Mitigation for Net Environmental Benefit (2005)  This report provides guidance on the development and implementation of successful alternative/early mitigation strategies to address environmental goals.

Green Visions Project An example of a Green Vision plan developed by Friends of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks for Orange County.