Natural Resource Regulation in California - Available Now
Natural Resource Regulation in California - Available Now
Clark Morrison and Scott B. Birkey

Natural Resource Regulation in California - Available Now

Regular price $135.00

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  • ISBN: 978-1-938166-31-0
  • Copyright (c) 2019
  • Paperback
  • Price: $135.00

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Natural Resource Regulation in California

A Practical Guide to Agency Permitting and Procedures


For anyone seeking an understanding of the complexities of state and federal wetlands and endangered species permitting in California. This book is a resource for lawyers, students, teachers, planners, biologists, resource managers, local government officials, consultants, and members of the public It provides a useful guide that offers both a broad perspective and detailed information on the agencies, laws, regulations, and policies that govern the permitting process.

Topics include:

  • Threatened and endangered species (state and federal)
  • Avian, plant, and fish protections (state and federal)
  • California fully protected and other special status species
  • Wetlands and other waters of the United States
  • California’s new wetlands definition and dredge and
    fill procedures for waters of the State
  • Rivers, streams, and lakes under the California Fish
    and Game Code
  • Conservation easements, mitigation banks and other mitigation structures
  • Conservation planning (HCPs, NCCPs, RCISs)
  • Cultural resources under the National Historic Preservation Act and other statutes
  • California bay and coastal resource protection
  • The public trust doctrine

Praise for Natural Resource Regulation:

Finally, a one-stop guide to the complex world of natural resource regulations in California! Morrison and Birkey have written the most comprehensive book on this important subject to date. Although written from a legal perspective, it is very accessible to all. Morrison and Birkey’s book should be on the desk of all practitioners who work in California—consultants, government regulators, government infrastructure agency staff, engaged stakeholders, and environmental attorneys.
I will recommend it to all of my staff and colleagues.”

DAVID ZIPPIN, Vice President and Practice Leader,
Habitat Conservation Planning and Implementation, ICF


“Written by two of the state’s top legal practitioners, Natural Resource Regulation in California is a remarkably useful guide through the complexities of the federal and state laws that protect biological resources in California. I know of no other volume that so comprehensively—and clearly—addresses the legal principles and procedural steps that project applicants must follow in order to obtain the biological permits they need for their projects. This information is useful, though, not just to developers and other permittees, but also to the agency staff who regulate such parties and to environmental advocates and other members of the public concerned with protecting California’s extraordinary biological heritage.”

JIM MOOSE, Senior Partner, Remy Moose Manley, LLP

About the Authors


Clark Morrison is a partner in the San Francisco office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson. He has over 30 years of experience in land use and natural resource law, including water, wetlands, and endangered species. Mr. Morrison specializes in complex projects requiring authorizations from the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California’s water boards, and other state and federal agencies. His clients include landowners, builders and developers, energy and mining companies, growers and ranchers, mitigation and conservation bankers, trade associations, cities and counties, water districts, and other local agencies. Mr. Morrison regularly speaks and writes on natural resource law issues, and he has served as lecturer-in-residence at his alma mater, U.C. Berkeley School of Law. In 2017 he was named San Francisco’s “Natural Resource Lawyer of the Year” by U.S. News and World Report (Best Lawyers).

Scott B. Birkey is a partner in the San Francisco office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson. His clients include developers of urban infill projects, master-planned communities, renewable energy facilities, and affordable housing, as well as educational and health-care institutions. Mr. Birkey helps clients obtain approvals under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Sections 1602/1603 of the California Fish and Game Code, and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. In addition to his natural resources practice, Mr. Birkey assists clients with all forms of land use entitlements and other local approvals, including environmental review requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Mr. Birkey received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly, and where he has taught land use law.


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