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Friday, May 6, 2022

WCB 5/2022

Habitat Purchases on May 2022 Wildlife Board Agenda

May 26, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814




Lake Earl Wildlife Area - Tax Default Properties $0 Del Norte County
acquisition of 38± acres of land owned by Del Norte County by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for a cooperative project with Smith River Alliance and State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), as an expansion to CDFW's Lake Earl Wildlife Area in Del Norte County. (WCB 5/2022)

Lake Earl Wildlife Area, Expansion 36 $0 Del Norte County
acquisition of up to 460± acres of land by CDFW for a cooperative project with Smith River Alliance and SCC, as an expansion to CDFW's Lake Earl Wildlife Area in Del Norte County. (WCB 5/2022)



Greenwood Creek Conservation Area (Lewis Ranch) $1,155,000 El Dorado County
grant to The American River Conservancy for a cooperative project with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to acquire 972± acres (WCB 5/2022)



West Coyote Hills, Phase II $1,000,000 Orange County
agreement between the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) for the allocation of funds from WCB to RMC for an appraisal and due diligence costs of a 483± acre portion of the West Coyote Hills property, located in the city of Fullerton in Orange County.  (WCB 5/2022)

Banning Ranch $10,000,000 Orange County
grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) for a cooperative project with CDFW, Natural Resources Agency, USFWS, and SCC to acquire 385± acres of land for the protection of upland and lowland habitat consisting of wetlands, vernal pools, marsh lands, arroyos, and coastal sage scrub (WCB 5/2022)


Last Large Private Parcel in L.A.'s Palos Verdes is Saved

Rancho Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, Expansion 1, $4,830,000 Los Angeles County
grant to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes for a cooperative project with USFWS, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and the County of Los Angeles to acquire 96± acres from Jim York/Point View Properties. Total price is $21 million. (WCB 5/2022)

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

SCC 3 to 5/2022

Spring 2022 Coastal Land Deals

One Of Two Last Large Privately Owned Properties In Orange County to be Saved

ORANGE COUNTY: disburse up to $6,000,000 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire 384 acres of the Banning Ranch property in Newport Beach and unincorporated Orange County. SCC 5/4/2022

DETAILS: the State will buy 384 acres out of the 401 acre site. 17 acres will be turned over to the oil company which owns the oil rights and which will continue to operate oil wells from there. Sale price of the 384 acres is a total of $97 million: $37 million from the State of CA, $12 million from the USA, and $47 million from the Randall family.

NOTE: the other large private parcel is Chevron's West Coyote Hills in Fullerton, some of which is being saved. More....?



MENDOCINO: disburse up to $3,420,000 to Save the Redwoods League to acquire conservation easements on 3,862-acres of the Weger Ranch property within the Big River watershed.

SCC 3/24/2022

REDWOODS: enter into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Great Redwood Trail Authority (GRTA) for the purposes of developing the Great Redwood Trail Master Plan and community engagement process and providing interim staffing and technical support to the GRTA; and 2) spend up to $2,500,000 of funds appropriated to the Conservancy specifically for the Great Redwood Trail to support the purposes of the JPA for the advancement of the trail in Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties. SCC 5/4/2022



SAN MATEO: disburse up to $500,000 to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire 644-acres of the Johnston Ranch property for natural resource protection and restoration, open space, compatible agricultural preservation, and public access, located adjacent to the City of Half Moon Bay. SCC 3/24/2022

SAN MATEO: disburse up to $950,000 to Sempervirens Fund to acquire a conservation easement on the approximately 915-acre YMCA Camp Jones Gulch property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in unincorporated San Mateo County SCC 5/4/2022



SANTA BARBARA: disburse up to $2,300,000 to contract for services to prepare environmental review documents, a cultural and tribal resource survey, and a property appraisal for the Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program. SCC 5/4/2022



LA: disburse up to $500,000 to hire contractors to develop and implement participation from tribal communities, community groups, and residents of the greater Los Angeles region to assist in planning the Ballona Wetlands Restoration project; and (2) disburse up to $53,000 to the Friends of Ballona Wetlands to restore disturbed riparian habitat at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.

SCC 3/24/2022




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