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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mendo and Ventura coast properties to be saved...

Coastal Conservancy 1/20/2011 Land Purchases

http://scc.ca.gov/2010/05/13/proposition-84-acquisition-notices/#more-292

Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $3,000,000 to the Save The Redwoods League to acquire the approximately 957- acre Shady Dell Creek Tract as part of the 50,635-acre Usal Redwood Forest Conservation project in northern Mendocino County.

* 1. The property links to existing protected areas with other large blocks of protected habitat. The linkage serves to connect existing protected areas, facilitate wildlife movement and botanical transfer, and results in sustainable combined acreage. Specifically, the Shady Dell property links to the SinkyoneWilderness State Park and the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council property, which in turn link to the protected BLM King Range Conservation Area. With the completion of the Redwood Forest Foundation Usal Forest Conservation Easement, the property will also link to the east with the 49,500-acre conservation easement property.
* 2. The project will contribute to the long-term protection of and improvement to the water and biological quality of the Usal Creek.
* 3. The property supports old growth redwood forest an under-protected major habitat types.
* 4. The Conservancy’s funds for the Shady Dell Creek property will be matched by private funds from SRL. It is anticipated that the forest conservation easement will be funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board and the Federal Forest Legacy program further leveraging the Conservancy’s investment in the area.

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Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $2,500,000 to The Conservation Fund to acquire the 464-acre Smith Tract portion of the Ten Mile Ranch, located adjacent to the Ten Mile River, Mendocino County.

* 1. The property links to existing protected areas with other large blocks of protected habitat. The linkage serves to connect existing protected areas, facilitate wildlife movement and botanical transfer, and results in sustainable combined acreage. Specifically, the Smith Tract links to the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Ten Mile Dunes State Park.
* 2. The project will contribute to the long-term protection of and improvement to the water and biological quality of the Ten Mile River and its estuary.
* 3. The property supports relatively large areas of salt marsh habitat and coastal estuarine habitat, two under-protected major habitat types.
* 4. The Conservancy’s funds will be matched by private loan funds from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. It is anticipated that the second phase of the acquisition, the Perry Tract, will be funded with multiple state and federal sources, further leveraging the Conservancy’s investment in the Ranch. TCF will provide in-kind matching funds for its stewardship and management costs during the period of its ownership of the Smith Tract.

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Ventura River Parkway Program: Hollingsworth Ranch Acquisition–Possible authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy to acquire and prepare a stewardship plan for 70 acres of the Hollingsworth Ranch property along the Ventura River in unincorporated Ventura County, linking the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s upstream preserves with protected public lands located downstream.

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