North California Regional Land Trust news—Spring 2010
NCRLT is working on seven conservation easements that would protect approximately 750 acres of prime farmland. 7,132 acres of oak woodland and working rangeland, and 877 acres of vernal pool grassland in Butte and Tehama. counties. The following are project highlights:
The culmination of NCRLT’s Irrigated Farmland Protection Project, which began in June of 2007, has been the submittal of four applications for easement funding to both the California Farmland
Conservation Program (CFCP) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
• NCRLT is hoping to close escrow on the ‘Red Bank Project” in 2010. This project consists of two adjacent ranch properties locatedwest of Red Bluff in Tehama County, which together comprise 7,130 contiguous acres of primarily blue oak woodland.
• NCRLT is currently working on three mitigation projects which would permanently protect approximately 877 acres of vernal pool grassland, perennial and intermittent streams, and riparian woodland. These natural communities support several state and federally protected species, including vernal pool tadpole shrimp, vernal pool fairy shrimp, Green’s tuctoria, Swainson’s hawk, western burrowing owl, and Western spadefoot toad.