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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Over 130,000 acres of Wildlife Habitat Were Saved in California Land Acquisitions by State and Federal Agencies and Local Land Trusts As Reported between the beginning of September 2007 to the end of April 2008:


Southern California:
San Diego County: 6266 acres
Orange County: 27 acres
Riverside County: 4578 acres
Los Angeles County: 2172 acres

Central Coast:
Ventura County: 2638 acres
Santa Barbara County: 4066 acres
San Luis Obispo County: 230 acres
Monterey County: 4443 acres
San Benito County: 1967 acres
Santa Cruz County: 253 acres

San Francisco Bay Area:
Contra Costa County: 2000 acres
Sonoma County: 2892 acres
Marin County: 993 acres
San Mateo County: 2215 acres
Santa Clara County: 29,227 acres
Napa County: 1277 acres

Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas:
Shasta County: 141 acres
Lassen and Modoc Counties: 2180 acres
Placer County: 21 acres
El Dorado County: 440 acres
Nevada County: 1343 acres
Sierra County: 725-Acres
Glenn County: 259 acres
Fresno County: 681 acres
Madera County: 1799 acres
Kern County: 236 acres
Mono County: 4341 acres

North Coast:
Mendocino County: 50,224 acres
Humboldt County: 4673 acres
Del Norte County: 9.5 acres




WCB is Wildlife Conservation Board

CC is the Coastal Conservancy

State Parks Dept. was checked and no purchases were announced in this period.

Also, see the Land Trust Alliance’s page on recent purchases:



San Diego County:

--950 acres by WCB 2-20-2008, Ramona Grasslands, Expansion 2, $25,000

--Over 100 Acres Saved at San Diego River, Eagle Peak Preserve, 5-8-07

--204 Acres Added to San Diego River Park Within National Forest Boundary


--1206 acres, North San Diego County’s Margarita Peak, 8/2007 by WCB and Fallbrook Land Conservancy and is part of the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton buffer and open space connectivity program.

--1,000 acres expansion of Anza-Borrego Desert park by Nature Conservancy

--476 acres by WCB 5-22-2008, Ramona Grasslands, Expansion 3, $5,000, located west of the community of Ramona, in San Diego County.

--230 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $4.9 million for land in the East Elliot and Otay Mesa areas
--1080 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $600,000 for land in the Jacumba area for the Quino's checkerspot butterfly
--1020 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $1 million in the La Posta area


Orange County:

--16.6 acres CC 11-2007: disburse an amount up to $860,000 to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy to acquire the 16.6-acre University of California Riverside property at Brookhurst Marsh in Huntington Beach, Orange County.

(--100 acres by WCB 2-20-2008: Hellman Wetlands in Seal Beach, $6,100,000; item was pulled from agenda for ???? reason)

--10.38-acre SBD Property near the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park by CC 4-24-2008


Riverside County:

--998 acres total by WCB 11-15-2007 to be Purchased in Riverside County:

--18+ acres at Wilson Creek, located south of Hemet;

--352 acres at Wilson Creek;

--172+ acres located along the Interstate 15 corridor;

--100 acres located in the Santa Rosa Mountains area south of the city of La Quinta, in Riverside County;

--30 acres Santa Rosa Plateau, Tenaja Corridor;

--6 acres north of the city of Murrieta;

--320 acre addition to Coachella Valley Ecological Reserve, Edom Hill Unit, located southeast of the city of Desert Hot Springs.

--321 acres of land was dedicated Tuesday to the Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard Preserve. The 321-acre parcel is part of an 8,880-acre acquisition that serves as a wildlife movement corridor between the preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.

All of the following are by the WCB on 5-22-2008:

--80 acres at Coachella Valley Ecological Reserve (Edom Hill Unit) $5,000.00 Expansion 31, a cooperative project with the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy to acquire fee title to 80± acres located southeast of the City of Desert Hot Springs, in Riverside County.
--91 acres at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Expansion 30, $400,000, acquisition of a conservation easement over 91± acres as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game's San Jacinto Wildlife Area located southwest of Mystic Lake, near Lakeview.

--10 acres at Santa Rosa Mountains Wildlife Area, Expansions 9 and 10, $280,000 as additions to the Department of Fish and Game’s Santa Rosa Mountains Wildlife Area; located west of Jefferson Street and south of Avenue 62, in the City of La Quinta, in Riverside County.
--36 acres at Triple Creeks Conservation Area, Expansion 3, $5,000 to acquire fee title to 36± acres located west of State Highway 79, south of Scott Road in Murrieta, in Riverside County.
--102 acres south of Hemet, Western Riverside County MSHCP, Expansion 3, $5,000 to acquire fee title to 102± acres located approximately eight miles south of Hemet, in Riverside County.

--71 acres at El Sobrante, $2,504,700 to acquire fee title to 71± acres located within the Department of Fish and Game’s Natural Community Conservation Plan area, northeast of the City of Wildomar, south of Lake Elsinore, in Riverside County.

--2869 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $466,000 at the Santa Rosa Mountains



Santa Monica Mountains:

-total of 825 acres at Corral Canyon in Malibu, by CC and WCB:

Rancho Corral

--10 acres Saddle Peak, by MRCA, by donation

--29-acre conservation easement donation adjacent to Liberty Canyon, Agoura Hills.

L.A. County Funds Major Land Purchases in Santa Monica Mountains

The projects, funded by a combination of sources, are:

--18 acres Lindero Creek

--8 acres Upper Topanga Canyon Trail between Summit to Summit at Henry Ridge Motorway

--266 acres Cold Creek Trail

--99 acres Cold Creek High Trail

--80 acres Upper Solstice Canyon

-199 acres Corral Canyon

San Gabriel Mountains:

--262+ acres by WCB 11-15-2007 in the city of Glendora,

--400 acres in Elsmere Canyon, adjacent to Angeles National Forest. This property connects the thousands of acres of parks in the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains with the Angeles National Forest and parks in the east half of L.A. County! This pinch point is just north of Sylmar and Granada Hills and south of Santa Clarita.

--175 acres in Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills in Glendale, donated by developer




--10 acre Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail land connector purchased

--2400 acre Simi Hills Rocketdyne site will be donated to public after cleanup of toxics; Parcel is Vital Link in Parks Corridor Connecting Santa Monica Mountains and Open Spaces in North L.A. and Ventura Counties

--228 acres at Santa Clara River by CC 4-24-2008


Santa Barbara County:

--143 acres by CC 1-2008: Paradise Beach for conservation of open space and dunes habitat, Point Sal, northern Santa Barbara County.

--23 acre Carpinteria Ranch is Saved with Conservation Easement

--3900 acres north of Lompoc and on Gaviota coast-- Oil firm, Plains Exploration and foes strike major deal on Santa Barbara Coast; to donate land for preservation if they can tap offshore oil from existing platform.

San Luis Obispo County:

-8 acres by CC 1-2008 and WCB 5-22-2008: for East Sweet Springs property on the south Morro Bay shoreline

--222 acres added to Carrizo Plain National Monument by the federal Bureau of Land Management for $118,500.

--143 acres by CC 1/2008 at Paradise Beach near the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes


Monterey County:

Big Sur Area:

--12 acres by CC 1-2008: disburse up to $500,000 to the Big Sur Land Trust for acquisition of the McWhorter Property for the Carmel River Parkway in Monterey County.

--3200 acre conservation easement at Carmel River’s Violini Ranch funded by the Big Sur Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Read full story.

--860 acre Glen Deven Ranch, located above Highway 1 in the hills of Big Sur, is a striking example of the beauty, simplicity and raw power of the area. Land was donated to the Big Sur Land Trust in 2001 More

--160 acres Horse Pasture Preserved by Wilderness Land Trust and donated to U.S. Forest Service (3/2007)

Monterey Peninsula Herald Article

Elkhorn Slough:

--7.47 acres of land by WCB 11-15-2007 as an addition to the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, located in the town of Castroville in Monterey County,

--204 acres by WCB 2-20-2008, Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, Expansion 17 $3,483,377


--1967 acres given by Nature Conservancy at “Pinnacles Gateway” to National Park Service (4/2006)


Santa Cruz County:

--189 acres by WCB 2-20-2008: Santa Cruz Sandhills $1,510,000.00, located near town of Scotts Valley

--64 acres in Willow Canyon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



Sonoma County:

--1235 acres by CC 9-2007: Poff Property for addition to Sonoma Coast State Beach in western Sonoma County.

--1,657+ acres by CC and WCB 11-15-2007 of land located west of Highway 121, south of the city of Sonoma, in Sonoma County; Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, Tolay Creek Unit known as Roche Ranch

Contra Costa County:

--2000 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save red-legged frog habitat

Marin County:

--750 acres by CC 9-2007: acquire a conservation easement over the 750-acre Poncia Ranch south of the town of Tomales, in western Marin County.

--243 acres by CC 11/2007; buy conservation easement at the Tomales Farm and Dairy in west Marin County.

San Mateo County:

--206 acres bought by POST at Wavecrest Property in Half Moon Bay
Read full story. (posted 2/1/2008)

--3.67 acre Pillar Point Bluff: The $495,000 acquisition will be added to POST’s Pillar Point Bluff property, 119 acres that surround the new purchase on two sides. Read full story. (posted 1/8/2008)

--1047 acre Mindego Hill bought by POST, located Along Skyline Ridge

Read full story. (posted 10/12/07)

--952 acres conservation easement south of Half Moon Bay donated 4/2/2008

--6.4 acres at Brisbane Acres by CC 4/24/2008

Santa Clara County:

--28,359 acre conservation easement near San Jose – A huge stretch of land near Mount Hamilton that is nearly the size of San Francisco has been donated as a conservation easement by the Hewlett and Packard families to protect the property from development, the Nature Conservancy said Sunday. The protection of the 28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch from development will complete a 70-mile long corridor of protected natural lands that extends from Pacheco Pass to Livermore Valley, according to the conservancy.

--868 acres by CC 1-2008: acquire the Blair Ranch in Morgan Hill for habitat preservation, open space protection, public access and incidental agricultural use. Purchase made in conjunction with POST Read full story

Napa County:

--1000 acres at the Duff Ranch by CC 4/24/2008, located northeast of Calistoga

--120 acres by CC 1-2008: acquisition of property interests in the 120-acre Smith-Madrone Property adjacent to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park in Napa County, for the protection of natural resources and public access.

--157 acres by CC 1-2008: disburse up to $485,000 to the Regents of the University of California for the acquisition of approximately 157 acres for inclusion in the Quail Ridge Reserve located on the south shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County.



Shasta County:

--141 acres by WCB 5-22-2008, Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area $1,745,000, Balls Ferry Unit, Expansion 2, as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game's Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area located east of the community of Cottonwood, in Shasta County.

Lassen and Modoc Counties:

--2180 acres including 86 miles of railroad track by WCB 5-22-2008. Rails to Trails, Modoc Line $420,000, a grant to the Lassen Land and Trails Trust for a cooperative acquisition with the Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to buy the rail line running north from the town of Wendel, in Lassen County and ending south of Alturas, in Modoc County.

Placer County:

--21 acres at the Big Gun property, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save red-legged frog habitat

El Dorado County:

--80+ acres by WCB 11-15-2007 of vacant land in El Dorado County, Pine Hill Ecological Reserve, Salmon Falls Unit

--40 acres by WCB 2-20-2008: South Fork American River, Lower Canyon Unit near the community of Pilot Hill, Expansion 2, $360,000

--320 acres by WCB 2-20-2008,Upper Cosumnes River Basin (north fork), Expansion 2 $1,465,000,

Nevada County:

--1343 acres donated at the Truckee River (WCB 11-15-2007): by the Truckee Donner Land Trust to the Department of Fish and Game; Truckee River Wildlife Area, Gray Creek Canyon Unit,

Sierra County:

--725-Acre Working Forest Conservation Easement Nears Completion; 1-2008: Turner Creek Ranch Project Helps Safeguard the southwest Sierra Valley
PFT is pleased to announce our latest working forest conservation easement - the Turner Creek Ranch Project - is set to close by year's end. Turner Creek Ranch is a 725-acre working landscape that supports cattle grazing, hay farming and sustainable timber harvests. The Ranch has been owned by the Turner family for more than 150 years and is currently stewarded by Russell and Elva Turner.

Glenn County:

--259 acre conservation easement by WCB 2-20-2008 at Bird Haven Ranch, $440,000,

located off of County Road 67, east of Afton, adjacent to the Department of Fish and Game's Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

Madera County:

--719 acres at Fine Gold Creek Saved (7-27-07) by Sierra Foothills Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land

--1080 acres by WCB 5-22-2008, Millerton Preserve (Ecker Ranch) $3,015,000, a grant to the California Rangeland Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 1,080± acres located 25 miles northeast of the City of Madera, near the community of Coarsegold, in Madera County.

Fresno County:

358 acres by WCB 5-22-2008 at Black Mountain Preserve, Expansion 3, $1,150,000, a grant to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy to acquire fee title to land located off of Tollhouse Road, in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, in Fresno County.

--323 acres by WCB 2-20-2008: San Joaquin River Riparian Habitat, Expansion 14 $6,435,500, as an addition to the San Joaquin River Parkway, located northeast

of the City of Fresno,

Kern County:

--40 acres by WCB 2-20-2008 at Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Cap Canyon Unit, Expansion 2, $100,000,

--196 acres by WCB 5-22-2008 at Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Canebrake Creek Unit $404,500, Expansion 3, as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game's Canebrake Ecological Reserve located near the community of Canebrake, northwest of State Highway 178, in eastern Kern County.



Mendocino County:

--160 acres by WCB 2-20-2008: Montgomery Woods, Expansion 1, $255,000, Mendocino County, ten miles northwest of Ukiah.

--50,000 acre Usal forest: Redwood Forests Foundation Now Owns 50,000 Acres in Mendocino County Between Coast and 101 Freeway; Bought from Timber Company with Help from Bank of America

--64 acres of coastal dunes at Mackerricher State Park by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Humboldt County:

--4500 acres upstream of Redwood National Park bought by BLM in 2006: Last year another major part of the Lacks Creek drainage was bought by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management with help from private conservation groups. In a $5.5 million deal including $2.5 million from the Save-the-Redwoods League and money from the Resource Legacy Foundation Fund, 4,500 acres was procured from the Barnum Timber Co., Eel River Sawmills and landowner Veena Menda.

--53 acres by WCB 5-22-2008:. Humboldt Bay Coastal Reserve, Expansions 2 and 3, $495,000, located west of State Highway 255, southwest of Arcata, in Humboldt County.

--120 acres by WCB 5-22-2008 at Jacoby Creek Forest, Expansion 4, $509,000, a grant to the City of Arcata for land approximately seven miles southeast of the City of Arcata, in Humboldt County.

Del Norte County:

--9.5 acres by CC 9-2007: disburse up to $20,000 to the City of Crescent City to complete the Battery Point and Brown Property Feasibility Study for potential acquisition, restoration and public access on 9.5-acres of property on the waterfront in Crescent City, Del Norte County.



Mono County:

--480 acres saved by Eastern Sierra Land trust adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area.

--80 acres Donated to BLM Near Granite Mountain, Near Mono Lake
1/18/2008:An 80-acre parcel in the eastern Sierras is open for public access following a donation to the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office. The parcel is located in the Granite Mountain Wilderness Study Area, east of Mono Lake. The Wilderness Land Trust recently acquired the land from a willing seller and donated it to the BLM to be managed as public lands.

--3748 acre Former Island in Mono Lake Now Public Land

July 27, 2007. The Wilderness Land Trust acquired the 3,748-acre property from Mel Arthur in 2006 and recently donated it to the BLM

--33 acres by WCB 5-22-2008 at Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Area, Expansion 1, $840,000; a grant to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust to acquire fee title to 33± acres located west of State Highway 395, south of Crowley Lake, in southern Mono County.

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