Western Riverside County
Regional Conservation Authority


Annual Report 2014

January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

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Annual Report

The permits were issued on June 22, 2004 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This Annual Report for the sixth full year of operation was prepared and published by the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and addresses the activities of the RCA during the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

Annual Report 2014 (37.5 MB) (PDF format)

APPENDIX A - RCA MSHCP Technical Reports

The following reports, methods, and procedures provide the information that was utilized or developed for the Annual Report 2014 covering the reporting period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. This information is provided in a separate set of PDF documents due to the technical content and detail provided within these reports.

1. GIS Methods and Procedures

The document describes the files and process that was used to prepare the information for the Annual Report as well as the datasets used for rough step reporting and to develop the Habitrak Maps. The methodology of calculating the rough step vegetation, area plans, area plan sub units and jurisdictions for both losses and gains are described.

GIS Methods and Procedures 2014 (PDF - 28 Pgs)

2. Monitoring Survey Results and Reports

Separate documents and reports account for the survey activities undertaken by the Biological Monitoring Program for the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) during 2014. The Biological Monitoring Program monitors the distribution and status of the 146 Covered Species within the Conservation Area to provide information to Permittees, land managers, the public and the Wildlife Agencies (i.e. the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Monitoring Program activities are guided by the MSHCP Species Objectives for each Covered Species, the MSHCP information needs identified in Section 5.3 or elsewhere in the document, and the information needs of the Permittees.

Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) Pair Count Report (22 pgs) 2.19 MB

Coastal California Gnatcatcher(Polioptila californica californica)) Survey Report 2014 (21 pgs) 2.88 MB

Delhi Sands Flower-loving Fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis) Survey Report 2014 (13 pgs) 1.20 MB

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) Survey Report 2014 (17 pgs) 2.70 MB

Quino Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) Survey Report 2014 (30 pgs) 2.65 MB

Rare Plant Survey Report 2014 (36 pgs) 2.45 MB

Riparian Bird Survey Report 2014 (36 pgs) 14.53 MB

Small Mammal Survey Report 2014 (37 pgs) 4.14 MB

Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Survey Report 2014 (16 pgs) 4.14 MB

Tricolored Blackbird ( Agelaius tricolor ) Survey Report 2014 (21 pgs) 2.62 MB

3. Habitrak Reports
The MSHCP and Implementing agreement suggested that the RCA use an existing GIS-based habitat tracking model or (equivalent) called Habitrak that was built on ESRI arcView or another methodology consistent with that application for reporting. Based on the size of the datasets involved for the Western Riverside County MSHCP, complexity of the MSHCP, and the large number of permtis and projects the RCA elected to develop an alternative process that created files compatible with Habitrak but based on ESRI ArcGIS that provide the same information.

The annual report was developed utilizing the methodology using GIS as described in Appendix A - 1. GIS Methodology, Process and Procedures of the Annual Report. The analysis, tables, reports and maps for both the Annual Report and Habitrak Map Formats were developed using these GIS datasets. The following maps provide detail information on the projects and data assembled for reporting and summarized in the annual report.

Gains and Losses Maps
The Annual Report includes maps by Rough Step Areas for gains and losses for all reporting years within the MSHCP Criteria Cells. The following maps were developed in an 11" x 17" format by Rough Step Unit to show both the gains and losses within MSHCP Criteria Cells and for the surrounding areas of each rough step that cover the entire Western Riverside County MSHCP area.

Rough Step Unit Index Map for 2014 ( 2.69 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 1 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.33 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 2 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.49 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 3 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.31 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 4 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 1.63 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 5 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.32 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 6 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.72 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 7 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.39 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 8 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 2.18 MB)
WRC Rough Step Unit 9 - Gains and Losses 2014 ( 1.85 MB)

Western Riverside County - Permits and Project Losses -June 22, 2004 through December 31, 2014. Three maps for the entire Western Riverside County MSHCP Area have been created. The plotter ready maps consist of three PDF files of for a map that is 36" x 48". The first PDF is at a resolution of 100dpi the second PDF is at a resolution of 300dpi and the third PDF is at a resolution of 600dpi.

Gains and Losses June 22,2004 through December 31,2014 Wall Map, 100dpi, (2.34 MB)

Gains and Losses June 22,2004 through December 31,2014 Wall Map, 300dpi, (14.5 MB)

Gains and Losses June 22,2004 through December 31,2014 Wall Map, 600dpi, (40.5 MB)

4. Clerical Amendments to the MSHCP
The MSHCP and Implementing agreement requires that the RCA report any clerical amendments or changes to the MSHCP Documents.

The RCA did not process or identify any clerical amendments to the MSHCP in 2014.

5. Agricultural Operations Database Methodology
The Implementation Agreement for the MSHCP in section 11.3 required that the RCA and County establish a Agricultural Operations database and report on agricultural activities such as agricultural grading permits issued each year. Agricultural grading permits are included within the GIS Loss files for each reporting year. For the 2014 Annual Report there was an addition of 101 acres to the agricultural operations data base. A total of fifteen Agriculture Grading Permits were issued by the County in 2014 in the MSHCP Area. The current map as of 12/31/2014 are included as part of the Annual Report for 2014.

Agricultural Operations Database Documentation 12/31/2014 (24 pgs) 1.0 MB

Agricultural Operations Map
Agricultural Operations Map 12/31/2014 100dpi (36" x 60") 5.32 MB

Agricultural Operations Map 12/31/2014 300dpi (36" x 60") 60.0 MB

6. Development Projects - Future Conservation
The Joint Project Review (JPR) - Habitat Evaluation and Acquisition Negotiation Process (HANS) performed by the RCA and the Permittees on proposed development projects is used as the basis for developing this new data layer. These JPR and HANS projects after review have had the development footprint and areas described for conservation outlined within the project area within the RCA GIS JPR database. The JPR database was used as the basis for developing this file and all records that had completed the JPR review and designated portions of the lands to be conserved were saved to this file. Any projects that had been acquired by the RCA or had conservation easements were then removed from the file.

The update process and methods as described in the included documentation file WRC_RCA_Future_Conservation.pdf was used to remove all parcels that had been acquired by the RCA or other conservation entities. The JPR projects for 2014 that were processed and completed designating new conservation were then added to the GIS layer. As of December 31, 2014 approximately 9,313 acres have been designated as future conservation through development.

Future Conservation as of December 31, 2014 - Update process and documentation

7. Non RCA Conservation and Easements
These parcels acquired through a Grant Deed or conserved through a Conservation Easement have been verified through the review of the recorded deed. The grant deeds, easement deeds or conservation easements as recorded by the Riverside County Clerk and Recorder as official records of Riverside County were downloaded to several folders on the RCA Server. Each grant deed or easement deed has been located and tied to the particular parcel it describes. These deeds are held by conservation entities such as the Riverside Land Conservancy (RLC), The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) or other conservation non-profit corporations that are involved in conservation of lands for open space.

The lands identified as being in a conservation status through a conservation easement or owned by the Conservation Entity and acquired through a grant deed are located within the areas described for Conservation (MSHCP Criteria Cells) as well as outside the cell boundaries. A review was performed to make sure that the lands entered into this file had not been previously identified as Public Quasi Public Lands or that the lands in question have been acquired by the RCA.

Additional lands that have been conserved were added for the 2012 Annual Report through the new update process. The details can be found in the document that has been included with this report.


8. Technical Report - GIS Assessor Parcel Layer
The RCA GIS staff found in August of 2011 that the Riverside County Assessor changed the way they were updating the parcel layer as part of their maintenance process. This change created a variety of problems that were uncovered during an extensive analysis project. In essence the County Assessor independently made a decision to adjust the parcel base without coordination with the other Agencies and Departments using the GIS. Assessors Staff chose to rubber sheet the Assessor’s parcel layer to Aerial Orthophotos so that the “parcels would match the picture”. This new procedure shifted the parcel base in different areas and the parcels no longer match the parcel (survey monuments) control layer and street centerline network. Other GIS layers representing city boundaries and other jurisdictional boundaries now split parcels. This technical report documents some of the changes in the parcel layer as currently known when compared to the original parcel base. The technical report also documents and discusses the impact on the Western Riverside County MSHCP as currently known. The long term effect of this shift cannot be determined at this time and these changes will need to be monitored to determine the effects in future years.

Technical Report on GIS Parcel Base (County Assessor, TLMA and RCA) (13 pages)

9. Technical Report - MSHCP Vegetation Corrections
In the 2012 Annual Report is a process to account for corrections to Rough Step vegetation categories based on a review of specific individual development projects that have resulted in a loss to the Rough Step vegetation category. Detailed analysis of a specific vegetation type that was out of rough step in one of the units led to the discovery that the vegetation that was shown as a loss for the project was not correctly mapped within the MSHCP vegetation layer. As a result a series of discussions were held with the Wildlife agencies regarding the mapping errors and concurrence was reached by all parties that the vegetation in fact had not been disturbed as a result of the development project. This resulted in a detailed process and methodology to account for the correction while not modifying either the MSHCP vegetation layer or loss data for that development. The technical report describes the process and procedures that are needed to both document the corrections and then apply the corrections to the Rough Step formula calculations.The report is updated each year and no new corrections were applied for the 2014 Annual Report.

Technical Report on process for MSHCP Vegetation Corrections (5 pages)

10. Technical Report - MSHCP Vegetation Corrections
In 2012 a plicy was developed in consulation with the Wildife Agencies on ARL and PQP designations detailing how the two types of lands should be categorized. The main purpose of the policy was for clarification on existing properties and future designations. The policy also resulted in parcels or portions of parcels outside of Critera Cells in conservation to be counted towards rough step goals in addition to be counted as ARL.

Technical Report on process for Additional Reserve Lands (ARL) and Public/Quasi-Public (PQP) Designated Lands (2 pages)

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