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This subject area consists of various taxonomic groups commonly addressed by Caltrans' biologists for transportation projects and operations: invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Many are threatened and endangered species that require specialized surveys and resource agency permits and coordination. Wildlife habitat connectivity and movements are important issues being addressed for transportation projects throughout the State of California. Bioacoustics and noise effects on wildlife is an emerging issue which should be considered. The Caltrans Standard Environmental Reference, Volume 3 been developed in order to provide guidance, tools, and references, to help in the evaluation of wildlife in relation to transportation projects, facilities, and operations. If you need further assistance regarding a particular topic or issue, please feel free to contact the individual identified at the web page for information on that particular subject of interest.
"Special-status species" is a general term that refers to all species that are considered to be of interest biologically, regardless of their legal or protection status. Visit the Caltrans Standard Environmental Reference for more clarification on the term "Special-status species." It has information on how to facilitate such coordination and what resources will be needed during these processes.
Special-status species generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
Strategic Biological Planning, Advance Mitigation and Innovation
Jennifer Gillies, Office Chief of Biological Studies
Amy Bailey, Office Chief of Strategic Biological Planning, Advance Mitigation and Innovation
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