Salmonid Restoration Federation
March 26 - 29, 2024
Santa Rosa, California

Accelerating Restoration – Updates and Examples to Help Get the Job Done

Session Co-Coordinators: Erika Lovejoy, Sustainable Conservation and Brad Henderson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The State has prioritized the 30x30 conservation and Cutting Green Tape initiatives, catalyzing agencies to develop new ways to address the urgent needs around habitat loss, species decline, and climate change. There is significant new funding available at both the federal and state levels to move work forward and all of the pieces need to be aligned to accelerate restoration and increase impact. Agencies are responding to the call for action and collaborating with project implementers and restoration experts to create wide-reaching efficient permitting tools that expand partnership with project proponents and increase the State’s capacity to tackle environmental problems. This session will provide efficient permitting implementation and policy updates and case examples of projects to highlight newly developed and precedent-setting regulatory tools that create a separate permitting pathway for a wide variety of aquatic habitat restoration projects of all sizes.  The audience will also be engaged to hear their questions – and potential solutions – to help increase the pace and scale of restoration in California.
Less Paperwork, More Restoration – Hot Tips and New Tools for Expedited Habitat Restoration Permitting, Katie Haldeman and Stephanie Falzone, Sustainable Conservation
Three Years of Cutting the Green Tape: Program Updates and Case Studies from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Jennifer Olson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife 
Updates on New Regulatory Tools to Accelerate Restoration, Jake Shannon, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Programmatic Permitting for Restoration Projects Through NOAA Restoration Center – Insider Tips on How to Use Efficient Permitting Tools for Your Good Work!, Ruth Goodfield, NOAA Restoration Center
A Practitioner’s Perspective, Jim Robins, Alnus Ecological; April Zohn, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Fire and Fish: Landscape-Level Fuels Reduction and Fisheries Habitat Enhancement Through the CA Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP), Cassie Pinnell and Drew Barber, Vollmar Natural Lands Consulting