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Voluntary Local Program

The Alameda County Resource Conservation District and the Department of Fish and Game have collaboratively developed the Alameda County Voluntary Local Program (VLP) to provide a permitting solution for impacts to species listed by the Department of Fish and Game under the California Endangered Species Act. This program provides a permitting solution for implementing voluntary conservation projects that have impacts to species and/or their habitat that are listed by the Department under the California Endangered Species Act. The VLP provides authorization for take of California tiger salamanders and Alameda whipsnake that is incidental to routine and ongoing agricultural activities and selected management practices. This coverage is afforded to persons who enroll in the Program to implement voluntary conservation projects and adhere to the required avoidance and minimization measures. Landowners and land managers in Alameda County that participate in agricultural activities are eligible for the Program.

The VLP was approved by the Department of Fish and Game Director in October 2012. 

What is the Alameda County Voluntary Local Program?

  • A voluntary program that recognizes the unique and important role that private and public landowners in California play in wildlife and habitat enhancement.
  • A Program under DFG regulations for implementation of the California Endangered Species Act
  • Provides authorization for take of California tiger salamanders and Alameda whipsnake that is incidental to routine and ongoing agricultural activities provided that take occurs during the implementation of management practices
  • The types of practices that can be included under the program include voluntary restoration projects such as pond restorations, livestock water developments, stream restoration projects, and pipeline installation (see below for a list of the management practices included in the Program)
  • This Program does not necessarily satisfy any other legal requirements for projects if they are subject to Fish and Game Code Section 1602 and require a Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement.

What activities are covered under the VLP?

The following Management Practices are included in the Program. All projects that are implemented under this program must have a habitat and wildlife component and must contribute to the voluntarily enhancement and maintenance of habitat for endangered and threatened species.

  1. Pond Restoration Activities
    1. Control predator species
    2. Establish native vegetation
    3. Structural components repair
    4. Obstruction removal
    5. Pond desiltation
  2. Stream Restoration Activities
    1. Native riparian habitat restoration
    2. In-stream channel stabilization
    3. Obstruction removal
  3. Livestock and Wildlife Water Distribution
    1. Spring development
    2. Off stream water facilities
    3. Pipeline installation
  4. Erosion Control
    1. Access road improvements
    2. Vegetation establishment
    3. Water control structures

Documents related to this program (pdf documents:

For more information on the proposed Voluntary Local Program for Alameda County please contact Leslie Koenig at 925-371-0154 ext 115.