Continuing Action – Support wildlife and habitat conservation

The TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) has supported the acquisition and management of properties throughout the region to preserve the integrity of existing regional habitat preserves. Land purchases are made strategically according to targets set in regional habitat-conservation plans.

In the State Route 76 corridor, for example, the EMP’s land purchases combine with acquisitions by other agencies to create a continuous wildlife corridor spanning thousands of acres along the San Luis Rey River and its tributaries. By focusing on early, large-scale, and cost-effective investments in critical habitats, the EMP has become a model for other agencies, demonstrating how to proactively protect and conserve the environment while responsibly delivering critical transportation infrastructure.

In February 2019, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that outlines the implementation strategy for the EMP and secures funding for regional management and biological monitoring for an additional ten years to help fill the gaps needed to maintain the health of our preserve system. In addition, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved $4 million in funding on October 26, 2019, for FY 2020 regional management and biological monitoring activities.