Planning Process For The Randall Preserve
Because the Randall Preserve was under private ownership for more than a century, the critical next step is an evaluation of the site through a Resource Management Plan. This includes baseline and integrated biological surveys. In addition we’ll be working to help fun the creation of a Climate Resilience Strategy.
Two other plans being developed include a Tribal Access and Engagement Plan and Public Access Plan.
Resource Management Plan (RMP)
The RMP includes a site description, property management details, allowable public uses, biological monitoring and management, funding, and identification of restoration opportunities. These topics intertwine with the permanent preservation of the flora and fauna. It is anticipated the public will have an opportunity weigh in on the RMP by providing comments on the draft document and participate in public engagement meetings prior to finalization and adoption. The Banning Ranch Conservancy will promote these public engagement opportunities when they arise.
Climate Resilience Strategy (CRS)
The CRS will likely include four critical analyses: assessing hazard risk and community vulnerability, identifying nature-based solutions appropriate for this site, quantifying conservation and restoration action(s), and measuring the potential effectiveness of these actions to reduce risk. Future phases of this work would include actual on-the-ground restoration and plan implementation. It is anticipated the public will have an opportunity weigh in on the CRS by providing comments on the draft document and participate in public engagement meetings prior to finalization and adoption. The Banning Ranch Conservancy will promote these public engagement opportunities when they arise.
Tribal Access and Engagement Plan (TAEP)
The MRCA, as the property titleholder, will convene tribes that consider the Randall Preserve their ancestral homeland to create a TAEP which will outline for tribal involvement on the property. This plan provides local tribes a meaningful opportunity to participate in planning for tribal use of the property. At this date, it is unclear how or if the public will be involved in this planning effort.
Public Access Plan (PAP)
The PAP is last because all of the other plans inform this one. It will outline who, what, when, where and why specific uses on the land are or are not allowed. Where will the trails be located? What trails will be decommissioned? What would the hours of operation be? What areas are off limits due to sensitive species, habitats, or sacred sites? Where might appropriate interpretive displays go? It is likely that this plan will be housed under the RMP described above. Therefore, the public will have an opportunity to weigh in during RMP comment periods and engagement meetings.