What is RAMP? What is RAMP?

In 2008, a coalition of infrastructure and natural resource agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic researchers launched an effort to develop a more comprehensive approach to mitigating unavoidable biological resource impacts potentially caused by state infrastructure projects, such as roads and levees. This approach, called Regional Advance Mitigation Planning (RAMP), allows for natural resources to be protected or restored as compensatory mitigation before infrastructure projects are constructed, often years in advance.  

Regional Conservation. RAMP enables regional and local representatives from both infrastructure and natural resource agencies to come together to jointly evaluate potential environmental impacts from infrastructure projects proposed for a region, and at the same time ensure that planned mitigation for those impacts contributes to regional conservation priorities.

Advance Time Frame. The advance time frame allows strategic mitigation to be implemented and made functional before an infrastructure project's unavoidable impacts occur. Mitigating in advance allows for more efficient project approvals, more certainty to cost estimates, and takes advantage of conservation opportunities before important land is lost to conversion.

For more information, please see the General RAMP Fact Sheet and go to the "Request Information" tab above and fill out the form if you would like a copy of the draft RAMP Statewide Framework emailed to you.

Our Mission Our Mission

To serve as the RAMP Work Group's central location for formal agreements, work products, meeting information, and general mitigation and conservation banking information. 

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Presidential Memo Discusses $2 Billion in New Private Sector Investments

California High Speed Rail is discussed in an article published by the White House regarding public investment in positive conservation outcomes.  California continues to lead the way in making advance mitigation work for major infrastructure projects. 

Presidential Memorandum Encourages Advance Work to Recover Species

On November 3, 2015, the President released a new memorandum  asking the regulatory agencies to embrace the modern planning concepts of landscape planning and advance work for the recovery of species. 

RAMP at the ICOET Conference

For those of you going to the ICOET Conference, be sure to see the session below on Tuesday, September 21.  It will have several speakers from California who are working on RAMP:

Session 207: Panel Discussion

New Frontiers in Regional Advanced Species Mitigation for Transportation ProjectsOrganizer: David Zippin, ICF International, San Francisco, California, United States

DWR's Bulk Mitigation Credit Program is a Success

A description of an innovative advance mitigation program at California's Department of Water Resoruces (DWR), a founding partner in RAMP,  is now published in the Spring/Summer 2015 quarterly newsletter for the Department.  This program has wide support from both inside and outside the agency.  Flip over to page 16 to get the details. 

New UC Davis Reports on Advance Mitigation are Complete

The research for the Statewide Advance Mitigation Funding and Financial Strategies contract with UC Davis has been completed and the reports are available online from the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies at:


Task 2 Report: Setting the Stage for Statewide Advance Mitigation in California


This report presents a survey of existing programs that have provided advance mitigation, highlighting efforts within Caltrans, by local governments within California and efforts from other states.  Potential benefits realized by these efforts are presented, and a survey of state and federal policy is provided.


Task 3 Report: The Business Case for Advance Mitigation in California


This report examines the costs and benefits of advance mitigation, and presents a variety of case studies designed to highlight specific costs/benefits.  Studies include a survey on the available information from California and other states for benefits of advance mitigation, an analysis of potential cost avoidance from environmental delays and project-concurrent mitigation, an analysis of hypothetical scenarios showing savings that can accrue by timing when to enter the land market, and a case study from a TransNet related project.  All of the studies demonstrate potential savings from advance mitigation.  Suggestions on how Caltrans can improve its cost-tracking for mitigation is also provided.


Task 4 Report: Funding and Financial Mechanisms to Support Advance Mitigation


This report examines the available sources of funding and financing available to Caltrans that could aid in the implementation of advance mitigation.  The report finds that there are no current independent sources of funds that Caltrans can use immediately to implement a statewide advance mitigation program, and indicates that new sources of revenue and new financing mechanisms will be needed.  Current means of implementing advance mitigation through partnering with local agencies are presented.

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