Rocks Biological Consulting completed a draft Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP), a tribal policy document that outlines strategic management of a tribe’s resources, for the Pala Band of Mission Indians (PBMI). RBC and its subconsultants evaluated the inter-relationships between a tribe’s natural, cultural, and economic resources, and created a planning framework for tribal economic development while ensuring cultural and natural resources are properly accounted for and will be appropriately managed over a 20-year period.
Development of the IRMP included the creation and analysis of six land use planning alternatives in light of pertinent environmental regulations. RBC promoted the official selection of PBMI’s preferred land use alternatives using strategic management and coordination with PBMI and utilization of RBC’s in-depth knowledge of environmental regulations, focusing on aquatic resource regulations given San Luis Rey and its tributaries are a critical natural resource of concern on PBMI lands. The preferred land use alternative both supports PBMI’s economic growth and conservation of its most valuable natural resources and ultimately will assist the tribe in using and managing its lands for planned activities effectively and in compliance with federal environmental regulations.
Land use and natural resource management planning, regulatory support
Pala, CA - San Diego County