Hawks Pointe / West Coyote Hills Habitat Restoration Planning

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In 2014, the City of Fullerton set a plan into motion to set aside 301 acres of open space surrounding the existing residential development of West Coyote Hills in addition to the 72-acre Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve that is already in place. The City purchased this property from Chevron – Pacific Coast Homes in an ongoing effort to create more open space among residential communities for the enjoyment of their community.
 
ESA performed services throughout all phases of the habitat restoration project, including implementation oversight and a five-year monitoring program for three mitigation areas. ESA biologists generated three different Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, one for each component: coastal sage scrub creation, coastal sage scrub enhancement, and wetland creation.  
 
The project’s success is evident in the thriving environment that has emerged. Our monitoring shows progress in the growth of the newly planted coastal sage scrub over a large, contiguous area, which has provided excellent habitat for the California gnatcatcher. In addition to restoration activities, ESA performed 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.

Specialized Services

  • Biological assessments
  • Habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Special status species surveys and inventories
  • Wetland assessments

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