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ECORP sends warm wishes to you and your families. We hope you have a beautiful Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. We are so thankful for our professional colleagues and for the opportunity to continue to serve our clients!


Important Reminder: 

All ECORP offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 25th through Wednesday, January 1st. Our offices will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd

Burrowing Owls1 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year... Burrowing Owl Survey Season! 

It's the non-breeding season for burrowing owls (September 1 through January 31). According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), this is the time of year when we are allowed, with CDFW approval, to passively relocate burrowing owls. Once February 1 hits, CDFW will not allow passive relocation until the following September 1.


To avoid costly project delays, now is the time to assess your project for burrowing owls if construction is scheduled to begin Spring-Summer 2014. If owls are occupying burrows within a project, CDFW may impose a no-impact buffer of 500 meters around the burrow through the entire nesting season (February 1 through August 31).
Burrowing owls are naturally found in open prairie landscapes, such as the grasslands of California's Central Valley. In addition, burrowing owls are known to flourish in many man-made landscapes including farmlands, golf courses, vacant urban lots, abandoned construction sites, rural residential areas, roadsides, and many others. Beyond the Central Valley, they can be found throughout California except in higher elevations and forested landscapes. 
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ECORP biologists have worked closely with CDFW on previous passive relocation projects throughout northern and southern California. Please contact Scott Taylor at (909) 307-0046 for projects in southern California or Keith Kwan at (916) 782-9100 for projects in northern California.

SHPO Review for State-Owned Cultural Resources


California State Public Resources Code (PRC) 5024 requires that all state agencies preserve and maintain state-owned historical resources. Section 5024.5 outlines the process of meeting this mandate. The process gives the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) the authority to review the efforts made by state agencies toward compliance with this law. State agencies must work with the SHPO to show that they are protecting and maintaining the historical resources (the term includes significant prehistoric, historic, ethnographic, and traditional cultural resources) on their Master List and that no development or maintenance projects will adversely impact those resources.


If the state agency holds title to land, or provides funding for acquisition, restoration, or development, PRC 5024 applies. Compliance with PRC 5024 should be included in the agency's land acquisition, granting, and project development processes. For example, if the state agency acquires or provides acquisition funding for land, any historic buildings, features, or structures should be evaluated through a PRC 5024 review to see if they should be placed on the Master List. If the resource is, or will be, placed on the Master List, the agency must consult with SHPO about mitigation prior to demolition or alteration of the resource. Additionally, before any habitat restoration project funded by a state agency is undertaken, cultural resources studies need to be completed to evaluate the potential for adverse impacts to resources eligible for, or on, the Master List. 


ECORP is experienced with PRC 5024 compliance and stands ready to assist state agencies with technical studies, evaluations, and SHPO consultation. For questions and assistance, please contact: Roger Mason, Director of Cultural Resources, at (714) 648-0630.

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