California's Regional Conservation Investment Strategy Program


In January 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) launched an ambitious new conservation and mitigation program. The program encourages state and local public agencies to prepare voluntary “Regional Conservation Investment Strategies” to help guide and prioritize the conservation of natural resources in their region. Once reviewed by the public and approved by CDFW, these regional strategies can be used by anyone to help identify and implement conservation priorities and determine the best mitigation sites. Landowners may take the strategy a step further and develop a “Mitigation Credit Agreement.” Once reviewed by the public and approved by CDFW, this agreement provides credits for natural resources that can be used or sold. The program is flexible enough to allow use under a variety of state laws, including the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act and others. Several regional strategies have been approved by CDFW, others are underway, and several mitigation credit agreements are in development.

This course will introduce this exciting new program and provide essential information for those considering preparing or using a regional strategy or credit agreement. The course is taught by experts who have been implementing it since the legislation passed in 2017.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Program origins and legislative history
  • Purpose of the program
  • Status of the program statewide
  • Differences between Regional Conservation Assessment (RCA), Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) and Mitigation Credit Agreement (MCA)
  • Overview of Fish and Game Code requirements and CDFW Guidelines
  • Process for RCA, RCIS and MCA preparation, review and approval
  • Use of MCAs for natural resource compliance under relevant state laws
  • Comparison between MCAs and mitigation banks
  • Relationship to other state and federal wildlife conservation programs
  • The future of the program
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructor. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information will be emailed out prior to the course start date.

This course will be available on Canvas from April 27 - 29, 2021. A live Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 28 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST. In the classroom environment, this course is equivalent to a one-day course.

We allow registration through the first morning of the course. It is expected that students review the prerecorded lectures before the live sessions in order to get the most value out of these meetings. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on Thursday 4/29, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.