Highlights from Chapter 4

Natural Resources

  • In early 2022, we obtained unanimous approval for the 90-mile San José to Merced segment, marking the completion of environmental clearance for nearly 400 miles of our 500-mile Phase 1 high-speed rail system.
  • We have successfully preserved and restored more than 4,400 acres of habitat and conserved more than 3,190 acres of agricultural land through the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements.
  • Through our participation in the California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP), we commit to conserving at least one acre of farmland for every acre converted to transportation use.
  • Despite a 38 percent increase in construction activity levels, we achieved a 12 percent reduction in construction water use in 2022 compared to 2021.
  • We’ve preserved and restored 4,400 acres of habitat, focusing on areas adjacent to conserved areas, wildlife movement corridors, and habitats for threatened and endangered species.
  • To date, we’ve protected 3,190 acres of farmland through conservation easements, with an emphasis on offsetting impacts on farmland through the Agricultural Land Mitigation Program (ALMP).

The Tule River in Tulare County


A wildlife crossing along the high-speed rail alignment


Coyote Valley in Northern California

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