Our mission is to provide clients with sound, defensible, and practical solutions for their environmental and planning processes that result in positive environmental benefits and high client satisfaction.

Reference Projects

Live Oak Associates has worked on a number of diverse, high-profile, sensitive, and complex projects.  Examples of some of these projects include:


Project Name: Wistaria Ranch Solar Farm Burrowing Owl Occupancy Estimation

Location: Imperial County
Client: AECOM
Description: Utilized field data, occupancy estimation, and spatial use modeling of burrowing owl within the project site and vicinity to develop unique and collaborative mitigation measures to ensure success of the solar project, appease local landowners, and conserve the burrowing owl.

Wistaria Ranch Solar Farm

Project Name: BNSF and Wasco-Shafter High Speed Rail (HSR) Bypass Alignments, Assessment of Waters of the U.S.

Location: Kern County, CA
Client: Wasco-Shafter Farm Group
Description: Conducted a wetland delineation to document the absence of waters of the U.S. along two alignment alternatives which was used to determine a preferred alternative and became part of the Army Corps of Engineers administrative record.

Project Name: California High Speed Rail Authority, California High Speed Rail – Merced to Fresno PP1 Segment
Location: Merced, Madera, and Fresno Counties
Client: Regional Consultant Team (CH2MHILL/AECOM)
Description: Prepared supporting materials for the CDFW 2081 Incidental Take Permit Application by designing and overseeing an evidence-based spatially explicit impact analysis approach for refining the original impact analysis for several covered plant and wildlife species.
California High Speed Rail

Project Name: Cougar Conservation Plan
Location: Riverside County, CA
Client: Riverside County
Description: Developed a conservation plan and a habitat suitability model for the cougar to enhance the Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan

cougar conservation plan
Project Name: Panoche Valley Solar Farm Biological Evaluation and Permit Assistance
Location: San Benito County, CA
Description: Assisted in the preparation of the EIR (awarded as “Outstanding” by AEP) by conducting special status species surveys and reports for numerous special status species.  Utilized traditional survey methodologies combined with patch-occupancy sampling to provide statistically robust spatial models for more precise impact statements and mitigation. 
Panoche Valley Solar Farm

Project Name: Buena Vista Lake Shrew Habitat Management Plan and On-going Monitoring for the Kern Fan Recharge Site
Location: Kern County, CA
Client: City of Bakersfield
Description: Developed a special habitat management plan for federally endangered Buena Vista Lake shrew to provide the USFWS with information demonstrating the ability of the City to continue to rely on the water re-charge facility while preserving the essential habitat features for the shrew.  This work resulted in the Kern Fan Recharge unit being excluded from the final rule.

Buena Vista Lake Shrew Habitat
Project Name: Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation District Riparian and Land Cover Classification Map
Location: Southern Riverside County
Client: Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation District
Description:Prepared a riparian and land cover classification map to characterize riparian vegetation to assist the EMARCD in their mission to conserve and, where feasible, restore and enhance the riparian resources controlled within their district.
Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation
Project Name: Elk Hills Oil Field Habitat Conservation Plan
Location:Kern County
Description:Prepared the 50-year multi-species habitat conservation plan and CDFG 2081 permit for the oil field, which covered 16 special status species.  Evaluated project impacts and developed a conservation strategy by using robust landscape modelling of space use of blunt-nosed leopard lizard, giant kangaroo rat, and San Joaquin fix.
Elk Hills Oil Field Habitat
Project Name: University of California, Merced, Campus and Community North Phase 6 Project
Location: Merced County
Client: University of California
Description: Consulted with CDFW, assisted with the design and construction of a California tiger salamander exclusion fence, conducted pre-construction surveys for special status species and passive relocation of burrowing owls, monitored construction, and created off-site burrowing owl habitat enhancement.
University of California



Project Name: Cinnabar Hills Golf Course Riparian and Wetland Mitigation and California Tiger Salamander Monitoring
Location: Santa Clara County, CA
Client: Cinnabar Hills Golf Course
Description: Monitored the creation and progress of three breeding ponds for California tiger salamander until the final success criteria were met in accordance with the CWA 401 Permit, Section RWQCB 404 Certification, and CDFW Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement for the project.

Cinnabr Hills
Project Name: Corcoran Irrigation District Solar Project and City of Corcoran Solar Project

Location: Kings County, CA
Client: Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
Description: Completed special status species surveys and burrowing owl habitat removal and passive relocation to facilitate project construction deadlines.

Corcoran Irrigation District Solar Project

Project Name: Kennedy Table Conservation Bank

Location: Madera County, CA
Client: Topping Family
Description: Assisted in establishing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)- and USFWS-approved conservation bank by mapping vernal pools, surveying for state and federally listed threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, and preparing the site management plan.  Assisted with the preparation of various banking documents, calculated the required endowment, and consulted with USACE and USFWS.

Kennedy Table Conservation Bank
Project Name: East Garrison Endangered Species Permitting and Construction Monitoring

Location: Monterey County, CA
Client: Union Community Partners, Benchmark Communities
Description: Prepared CDFW 2081 Incidental Take Permit for California tiger salamander, completed pre-construction surveys, monitored construction, and conducted large-scale surveys for bats and nesting birds.

East Garrison Endangered Species Permitting

Project Name: Drayer Conservation Bank
Location: Merced County, CA
Client: Rick and Carla Drayer
Description: Established a USACE- and USFWS-approved mitigation bank by completing vernal pool mapping and special status species surveys, and site management plan and calculating the required endowment and consulting extensively with the USACE and USFWS.

Drayer Conservation Bank

Project Name: Central Valley Independent Network Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project, Segment 19
Location: Tuolumne County, CA
Client: Compliance One Solutions, Inc.
Description: Completed pre-construction surveys, delineation of sensitive habitats, construction monitoring, environmental awareness training, and reports.

Central Valley Independent Network

Project Name: El Casco Mitigation and Monitoring Plan for Wetland Resources and Smooth Tarplant
Location: Riverside and San Bernadino Counties, CA
Client: Southern California Edison
Description: Prepared the Mitigation and Monitoring Plan to mitigate on- and off-site permanent and temporary riparian impacts and impacts to smooth tarplant habitat.

El Casco Mitigation and Monitoring Plan