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The Monterey Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) is a bold strategic vision of future conservation within Monterey County.

What is a RCIS?

The planning tool called a Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) was established when AB 2087 was passed by the California State in 2016. The RCIS is a voluntary, non-binding, non-regulatory conservation assessment that outlines widespread conservation actions to sustain and enhance ecological resources, biodiversity, and promotes resilience of species and habitats. All RCIS must be approved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

What are Mitigation Credit Agreements?

An approved Regional Conservation Investment Strategies includes the development of Mitigation Credit Agreements (MCAs). Any public or private can enter into a MCA with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and receive mitigation credits for implementing conservation actions identified in the RCIS.

The Monterey RCIS

The bold vision of Monterey RCIS presents an aspirational conservation scenario with targets and investment descriptions that will contribute to the protection of focal species and sensitive habitat, including but not limited to:

  • Land acquisition and protection
  • Habitat enhancement, restoration, and establishment
  • Creek and river restoration
  • Corridor and linkage enhancement

The Monterey Regional Conservation Investment Strategy is sponsored by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County through a planning process which includes public input and collaboration with partner organizations and agencies.

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See a list of all our partners

To read additional information about the RCIS program visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Questions? Please contact for more information about the Monterey County RCIS.


  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Caltrans District 5
  • CDFW Region 4
  • CDFW Habitat Conservation and Planning Branch
  • USFWS – Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
  • Big Sur Land Trust
  • Elkhorn Slough Foundation
  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • Resource Conservation District of Monterey County
  • Central Coast Water Quality Control Board
  • University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Ventana Wildlife Society
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission