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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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A Total of 8648 acres of California Wildlife Habitat Will Be Saved at August 28th Wildlife Board Meeting

Merced County: 154 acres
Monterey County: 228 acres
San Bernardino County: 8 acres
Riverside County: 104 acres, 178 acres
San Diego County: 188 acres, 24 acres, 235 acres
Shasta County: 4915 acres, 284 acres
Napa County: 738 acres
Santa Cruz County: 64 acres
San Luis Obispo County: 1172 acres
Orange County: 306 acres and 50 acres


NOTICE OF MEETING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
August 28, 2008 10:00 A.M.
State Capitol, Room 112 Sacramento, California 95814

PRELIMINARY AGENDA ITEMS
http://www.wcb.ca.gov/

MAPS OF ALL PURCHASES: https://goo.gl/photos/xgxz2yKou6dBeAzK7

*12. Los Banos Wildlife Area, Gadwall Unit, $914,000, Merced County; acquisition of 154+ acres to protect historic wetlands and improve distribution of waterfowl within the grassland area by the addition of wetland habitat located near the City of Los Banos. (funding from Proposition 117),

*13. Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, $1,288,000, Expansions 13 and 17 Augmentation, Monterey County; To consider an allocation for an increase in unanticipated planning costs and a shortfall in funding associated with a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to facilitate the acquisition of two properties totaling 228+ acres to protect habitat for threatened and endangered species and a significant natural landscape and ecosystem in Moss Landing in Monterey County. Funding source: Prop. 40 (Expansion 13 was approved at 8/2007 meeting; Expansion 17 was approved at 2/2008 meeting

*14. Shay Meadow Conservation Area, and Expansion 1 $152,500, San Bernardino County; To consider the acquisition of two properties totaling 8+ acres to protect threatened and endangered species habitat and wildlife corridors located three miles east of the City of Big Bear Lake, in the incorporated community of Big Bear City. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Prop. 40

*15. El Sobrante, Expansions 1, 2 and 3, $1,989,500, Riverside County; To consider the allocation for a grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to acquire three properties totaling 104+ acres to protect threatened and endangered species and wildlife corridors and to further implement a Natural Community Conservation Plan, located in the Cities of Wildomar and Murietta. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant and Prop 84.

*16. San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Expansions 30 and 31 $1,060,000, Riverside County; To consider the acquisition of a conservation easement and fee interest in two properties totaling 178+ acres as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game’s San Jacinto Wildlife Area to protect seasonal wetlands and significant habitat for threatened and endangered species and to implement a Natural Community Conservation Plan, located southeast of Moreno Valley. Funding source: Proposition 84. EXPANSION 30 WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA

*17. Crestridge Preserve, South Crest, and Expansions 1 and 2, $181,500, San Diego County; To consider the allocation for a grant to the Endangered Habitats League, Inc. to acquire three properties totaling 188+ acres to protect threatened and endangered species and wildlife corridors, and implement a Natural Community Conservation Plan on property one mile east of the City of El Cajon, immediately west of the community of Crest. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Proposition 12.

*18. Escondido Creek $200,000, San Diego County; To consider the acquisition of 24+ acres to protect habitat for threatened and endangered species and species of special concern, and a key regional wildlife corridor located in the community of Rancho Santa Fe. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Proposition 40.

*19. Fieldstone Habitat Conservation Plan, Expansion 1, $20,000, San Diego County; To consider the allocation for a grant to The Conservation Fund to acquire 235+ acres to protect critical habitat for the California gnatcatcher and to further implement the Natural Community Conservation Planning efforts, located northeast of the City of Encinitas and south of the City of San Marcos. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants and Proposition 84.

21. Cow Creek Conservation Area, Expansion 1, $1,731,503, Shasta County; To consider the allocation for a grant to the Shasta Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation and the Trust for Public Land to acquire a conservation easement over 4,915+ acres to protect deer and mountain lion habitat located near the City of Redding, four miles east of the community of Millville. Funding source: Proposition 117

22. Millville Plains Conservation Area, and Expansion 1, $348,000, Shasta County; To consider the acquisition of two conservation easements totaling 284+ acres to protect rare vernal pool habitat located northeast of the Town of Anderson. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Proposition 40.

26. Knoxville Wildlife Area, Expansion 2, $3,370,000, Napa County; To consider the acquisition of 738+ acres as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game’s Knoxville Wildlife Area to protect oak woodlands and threatened and endangered species habitat, east of the City of Middletown, 15 road miles from the community of Pope Valley. Funding source: Proposition 84.

29. Willow Canyon, $2,985,000, Santa Cruz County; To consider the acquisition of 64+ acres to protect upland habitat to support a viable population of Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders and California red-legged frogs located in the City of Aptos. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Proposition 12.

31. Irish Hills Conservation Area, Andre Ranch, $1,005,000, San Luis Obispo County; To consider the allocation for a grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the Department of Parks and Recreation to acquire a conservation easement over 1,172+ acres to protect rangeland, grazing land, and grasslands located in the Irish Hills. Funding source: Proposition 84.

33. Saddle Creek, $11,660,000, Orange County; To consider the allocation for a grant to The Conservation Fund to acquire 306+ acres to protect critical habitat for the California gnatcatcher, low elevation wildlife connections between the subregions of Orange County, reduce habitat fragmentation, and further implement the Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans located within the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, northeast of the El Toro Marine Corp. Air Station and directly adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. Funding source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Proposition 84 and Proposition 12.

34. Trabuco Canyon, $1,800,000, Orange County; To consider acquisition of fee title to 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, southeast of the City of El Toro, in the community of Trabuco Canyon. Funding source: Proposition 40

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