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Restoration Ecology

The Land IQ Habitat Restoration Group offers a wide range of specialized services in natural resource planning, analysis, restoration, and management. Our achievements in revegetating and reclaiming drastically disturbed landscapes such as landfills, roadways, and water projects, monitoring for mitigation, and assessing and monitoring exotic species highlight our success in restoration ecology. Land IQ has assessed over 50,000 acres of land for habitat restoration potential and developed specific protocols for resource management plans. Additionally, our staff has expertise in working with federal, state, and local agencies for upland and wetland restoration projects.  


Upland Habitat Restoration 


East Colima Before and After RestorationEast Colima Coastal Sage Scrub Mitigation Project

Los Angeles County, California
Orange County Waste and Recycling and the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority
Land IQ was the restoration ecologist responsible for development of the restoration plan and implementation oversight of the 15.5-acre coastal sage scrub mitigation project on steep, degraded slopes in Whittier, California within the Puente Hills Preserve for the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority and Orange County Waste and Recycling. The project was successfully completed on time and received concurrence from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2015.

Natural Communities Coalition (NCC) Habitat Restoration Plan Update
Coastal and Central Nature Reserve of Orange County, California
Natural Communities Coalition
Land IQ is responsible for updating the Master Habitat Restoration Plan within 37,000-acres of the Coastal and Central Nature Reserve of Orange County in collaboration and coordination with NCC and land managers. Development of the plan includes analysis of past successes and challenges for restoration efforts, assessment of existing conditions, development of best management practices for effective and cost-efficient landscape-scale habitat restoration that incorporates adaptive management guidelines.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) Habitat Mitigation Execution Plans
Los Angeles County, California
SCE and the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority
Land IQ is responsible for implementation oversight of the SCE TRTP off-site mitigation project within the Puente Hills Preserve that includes 53 acres of coastal sage scrub and 7 acres of oak and walnut woodland habitats per the Execution Plans developed by Land IQ for the project. The Plan included assessment of appropriate areas for habitat restoration and restoration site selection along with development of restoration specifications and performance monitoring plans for tracking project success. Land IQ based the restoration plans on our extensive knowledge of the over 4,000-acre Habitat Authority lands and our participation in development of the Resource Management Plan for the Habitat Authority in 2004.

Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Biological Consulting Services
Orange County, California
Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA)
Land IQ is responsible for on-call services for the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridors and associated mitigation land management for over 2,000 acres, including restoration plan preparation for coastal sage and cactus scrub, and monitoring upland and riparian habitats associated with the toll roads. Management includes surveying and monitoring of sensitive wildlife species and rare plants, coordination with resource agencies, and preparation of annual reports.

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Plan for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
Orange County, California
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and The Irvine Company (TIC)
Land IQ was responsible for evaluating 11,652 acres of open space within the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve in Orange County, California for restoration potential based on existing conditions of exotic species densities, soils, and disturbance factors to develop restoration strategies and specifications for restoration of coastal sage scrub, oak woodlands, and native grassland habitats that included identification of appropriate restoration habitats and priorities.


Riparian and Wetland Habitat Restoration

Hanson-Villanueva Property Habitat Restoration ProjectHanson-Villanueva Property Before and After Restoration
Santa Clara River, Ventura County, California
The Nature Conservancy
Land IQ developed the Habitat Restoration, Enhancement, and Creation Plan for 344 acres of The Nature Conservancy’s Hanson-Villanueva Property within the lower watershed of the Santa Clara River that provides management strategies and defines specifications for habitat restoration, enhancement, and creation actions to improve the overall quality and habitat within the floodplain and the larger watershed. Land IQ currently is overseeing implementation of the plan that includes a 79-acre mitigation project for Caltrans.

Los Angeles River Habitat Restoration Feasibility Study
City of Los Angeles, California
The Nature Conservancy
Land IQ in collaboration with the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, University of Southern California, Connective Issue, and WRC Consulting Services was responsible for development of habitat restoration strategies and objectives for the reach of the Los Angeles River between Los Feliz Blvd. Bridge and the Taylor Yard Parcels to improve the value of native habitat that complement concurrent planning efforts to revitalize the use of the channel right-of-way and adjacent areas to benefit the economy, regional park space, water conservation, and native habitats.

Red Bluff Diversion Dam Fish Passage Improvement Project
Sacramento River, Red Bluff, California
Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority
Land IQ was part of the team responsible for developing the Habitat Mitigation Basis of Design Report and the Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plan for the Red Bluff Diversion Dam Fish Improvement Project to provide habitat for the following sensitive species: Chinook salmon, Steelhead trout, and Valley elderberry longhorn beetle.  The project included restoration, enhancement, and creation of 32 acres of mixed riparian forest, willow riparian scrub, floodplain herbaceous, emergent marsh, and open water habitats within the floodplain of the Sacramento River as mitigation for impacts to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional waters associated with decommissioning of the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and construction of a fish screen pumping facility to replace the old agricultural water diversion facility.

Santa Ana River Mainstem Project Reach 9, Phase 2B, perennial Stream Habitat Restoration
Santa Ana River, Orange County, California
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Land IQ in collaboration with WRC Consulting Services was responsible for development of the final restoration specifications for the 23.6-acre emergent and riparian habitat restoration project within Reach 9 of the Santa Ana River to provide flood protection and significant wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl, the federally endangered California Least Tern and Santa Ana sucker fish, and other endangered species. Working with the project hydrologists and civil engineers, Land IQ defined restoration for particular habitats based on surface and groundwater hydrology as well as soil substrates, developed restoration and maintenance specifications, and provided implementation oversight for the project.