Habitat mitigation is the preservation, enhancement, restoration or creation of a wetland, stream, or other habitat conservation area which offsets, or compensates for, expected adverse impacts to similar habitat types due to land development activities or other projects. The goal is to replace the exact function and value of specific habitats (i.e., biodiversity, flood abatement, fish habitat etc.) that would be adversely affected by a proposed activity or project, ideally on land within the same watershed.
Most of MCRCD’s habitat mitigation projects are linked to transportation projects where habitat was destroyed or impacted due to road work. MCRCD has received funding from Caltrans, the Mendocino County Department of Transportation, and Redwood Valley County Water District to restore, enhance and manage oak woodlands, stream corridors, and wetlands on both private and public lands.