Hawks Pointe / West Coyote Hills Restoration Planning
Client: Centex Homes / Pulte Group
Market Sector: General Real Estate, Residential
Project Location: Fullerton/La Mirada, CA
ESA PCR performed all phases of the Hawks Pointe/West Coyote Hills Habitat Restoration Planning project including implementation oversight and monitoring three mitigation areas for a period of five years. ESA PCR biologists generated three different Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, one for each component – coastal sage scrub creation, coastal sage scrub enhancement, wetland creation – and has provided restoration monitoring and maintenance recommendations on each.
ESA PCR’s success in restoring the coastal sage scrub habitat is evident in the growth of the newly planted coastal sage scrub over a large, contiguous area, the quick viability of the hillside as habitat for the California gnatcatcher, and its ability to attract the gnatcatchers.
In addition to restoration activities, ESA PCR was responsible for raptor nesting surveys under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and cowbird trapping as required by the Biological Opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
ESA PCR prepared a comprehensive biological resources assessment for a 2,200-acre project site being proposed a solar development. Initially, a literature review revealed the potential presence of desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel, burrowing owls, several sensitive plants, jurisdictional waters, and Joshua trees on all or portions of the site. ESA PCR then prepared and carried out a detailed work program that included protocol presence/absence surveys for these resources.
A team of ESA PCR biologists completed the field investigations according to protocols and prepared the appropriate documentation. In addition, coordination for permitting was initiated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and Regional Water Quality Control Board.