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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

WCB 11/2009: State Board to save 12,762 acres for critters in November...

State is on end-of-the-year land buying spree

After a year of budget crisis, the State's Wildlife habitat purchase board has finally received the cash to do some deals.

154 acres-Riverside County
50 acres---Orange county
3268 acres in Humboldt County
2323 acres in Nevada County-near Lake Tahoe
5630 acres in Sonoma County
1337 acres in Monterey County



November 17, 2009



Willow Hole Conservation Area—154 acres-- $10,000.00--Riverside County
To consider the acceptance of a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant and the approval to subgrant the federal funds to the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission to acquire two properties totaling 154± acres to protect and enhance existing regional wildlife linkages and aeolian and fluvial sand transport areas within one of four priority areas of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Preserve areas, east of Desert Hot Springs and north of Highway 10, in Riverside County.
Funding source: Proposition 84

Trabuco Canyon, Expansion I—50 acres $0.00 --Orange County
To consider the acquisition of 50± acres to protect critical low elevation wildlife corridors, California gnatcatcher habitat, provide connectivity to other protected lands in the area and prevent habitat fragmentation located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, in the community of Trabuco Canyon, in Orange County. All costs associated with this acquisition are being paid by the Santa Margarita Water District to settle additional mitigation obligations as a result of building an expanded water reservoir.

Cosumnes River Wildlife Area –transfer of 617 acre easement to the feds--Oneto/Denier Property, $0.00 --Sacramento County
To consider the consent to the sale of a floodplain easement by The Nature Conservancy over the 617± acre Oneto/Denier property to The Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Six Rivers (Chalk Mountain Ranch)—3268 acre conservation easement-- $35,000--
Humboldt County
a cooperative project with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the North Coast Regional Land Trust wherein the State proposes to accept federal Forest Legacy Program funds, through an interagency agreement with CAL FIRE, and the approval to apply the federal funds to acquire a conservation easement over 3,268± acres in favor of CAL FIRE to protect forest land, important scenic, fish, wildlife, riparian areas and other ecological values, located near the City of Fortuna and community of Bridgeville, in Humboldt County. Funding source: Proposition 12

Truckee Basin (Independence Lake)—2323 acres--$5,510,000--Nevada County
a grant to The Nature Conservancy… for a cooperative project with the Department of Fish and Game, Federal Desert Terminal Lake Fund, California Resources Agency, Morgan Family Foundation and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to acquire 2,323± acres of riparian forest and meadow stream habitats and to protect habitat for the federally listed Lahontan cutthroat trout, located approximately 10 miles north of the Town of Truckee, in Nevada County. Funding source: Proposition 84

Jenner Headlands—5630 acres-- $8,010,000.00--Sonoma County
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Sonoma Land Trust…to acquire fee title to the 5,630± acre Jenner Headlands property thirty miles northwest of Santa Rosa, immediately north and east of the community of Jenner, in Sonoma County. Funding source: Proposition 84

Los Vaqueros Ranch Conservation Easement—1337 acres--$8,000.00--Monterey County
to protect critical steelhead trout habitat as well as habitat for sensitive wildlife species including the red-legged frog, yellow-legged frog, western pond turtle and intact populations of native fish, oak woodlands and grasslands in Monterey County. Funding source: Proposition 1


NOTE TO READERS: a board meeting of the Wildlife Conservation Board was also held on September 8, 2009. No properties were purchased.
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