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Monday, October 24, 2011

more CA land saved...

State $$ to Save over 20,000 acres in December

from the agenda of the 12/8/2011 meeting of the California Wildlife Conservation Board

The WCB is buying conservation easements on 16,033 acres and full ownership of 4218 acres of California wildlife habitat.

SUMMARY:
LASSEN COUNTY: 535 ACRES
TEHAMA COUNTY: 2910 ACRES
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 436 ACRES
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 188 ACRES
SISKIYOU AND SHASTA COUNTIES: 8230 ACRES
PLUMAS COUNTY: 2946 ACRES
SIERRA AND NEVADA COUNTIES: 2995 ACRES
FRESNO COUNTY: 2011 ACRES

FOR THE MEETING AGENDA:

FOR MAPS OF ALL PURCHASES: https://goo.gl/photos/RGnQsDRs7hNFGa5i9


SPECIFICS:

Bass Hill/Lassen Creek Conservation Easement (Hulsman) in Lassen County
acquire a conservation easement over 535± acres located adjacent to the Department of Fish and Game’s Bass Hill Wildlife Area


grant to The Nature Conservancy for a conservation easement over 2,311± acres, Lassen Foothills expansion 7, (Kerstiens Ranch) in Tehama county


Lassen Foothills, Expansion 8 (Lower Deer Creek Falls, Tehama County
a grant to the Northern California Regional Land Trust for a cooperative project with Western Rivers Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Game to acquire fee title to 599± acres of land for the expansion of the Lassen Foothills Conservation Area, located northeast of Chico along a State Highway 32 in Tehama County. The project will protect approximately 1.4 miles of riparian corridor along Deer Creek


San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan 2008 Vaquero Farm Central  in Contra Costa County, acquire 320± acres


San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan 2008 (Affinito) in Contra Costa County
acquire 116± acres  in the City of Pittsburg.


Santa Rosa Mountains, Expansions 11—13 in Riverside County
acquisition in fee of 50± acres of land


Western Riverside County MSHCP, Expansion 6 
Grant to the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, for a cooperative project with the Redevelopment Agency of the County of Riverside and the Riverside Land Conservancy, to acquire in fee 138± acres

Bear Creek Working Forest in Siskiyou and Shasta Counties
a grant to the Pacific Forest Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 8,230± acres of working forest lands allowing for continued forest management, passive public use and enhancing the protection of forest, meadow, riparian, fisheries and water resources. The property is located north and south of Highway 89 in a rural area of the southern Cascade Mountain Range in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties near the communities of McCloud, Pondosa and Bartle.

Goodwin Sierra Valley Ranch Conservation Easement in Plumas County
a grant to the California Rangeland Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,946± acres of working ranch land allowing for continued livestock grazing and other permitted agricultural uses while enhancing the protection of meadow, watershed, riparian, fisheries and wetland resources. The property is located north and south of Highway 70, just east of the town of Beckworth in Sierra Valley.


Webber Lake/Lacey Meadows in Sierra and Nevada Counties
a grant to the Truckee Donner Land Trust to acquire 2,995± acres of land for the protection of significant alpine and wet-meadow habitat, north of the town of Truckee.

Black Mountain Preserve, Expansion 4 (Kimbler) in Fresno County
a grant to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy to acquire conservation easements over 2,011± acres of land for the protection of grazing lands, grasslands, and blue oak woodlands located between Prather and Tollhouse in Fresno County.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

September's list of new places to explore...

NEW PARKS IN CALIFORNIA, FOR SEPTEMBER 2011

A quick list of new parks stories posted on this website in 9/2011
(NOTE--lists of new parks in California for years 2000 to 2011 are posted here: http://connectingcalifornia.org)

NORTH COAST:

114 acres--Arcata Community Forest Expansion $1,956,000 (Morris) Humboldt County
acquire in fee a total of 114± acres. 9/13/11 WCB

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

20 acres--disburse up to $450,000 to the County of Marin for acquisition of an approximately 20-acre open space property on San Geronimo Ridge near the town of Forest Knolls, Marin County. 9/22/11 Coastal Conservancy

50 acres--disburse up to $2,650,000 to the Coastside Land Trust to acquire the 50-acre coastal parcel of the Wavecrest property in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, to design and plan the California Coastal Trail through the property, and to produce a conceptual design for extending the Coastal Trail south to Redondo Beach. 9/22/11 Coastal Conservancy

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CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

14,945 acres in Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, $5,010,000 to buy Rudnick Ranch, Kern County;
grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the Department of Fish and Game, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Caltrans and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to acquire fee interest in 14,945± acres. 9/13/11 WCB

0.5 acres--Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 26, $2,900 Tulare County
To consider the fee acquisition of 0.5± acres of land for expansion of the Department of Fish and Game's Allensworth Ecological Reserve, to increase protection of grassland areas that benefit special status species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, located approximately 30 miles south of Visalia in southern Tulare County. 9/13/11 WCB

1781 acres Leavitt Lake Conservation Easement $1,705,000 Lassen County
acquire a conservation easement over 1,781 ± acres on the north shore of Leavitt Lake, 5 miles southeast of the City of Susanville. 9/13/11 WCB

1603 acre Dos Rios Ranch $5,410,000 Stanislaus County –WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA
acquire in fee 1,603± acres of valley floodplain and riverine habitat. 9/13/11 WCB
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

disburse up to $225,000 to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority for preparation of a conceptual restoration plan for the Los Cerritos wetlands complex in the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, and Seal Beach, Orange County.


L.A. CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

acquisition of La Rocha properties, Hollywood Dell, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] 8/3/11 MRCA

8.87 acres--acceptance of donation totaling 8.87 acres in Beverly Glen and Benedict Canyons, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map 1] 8/3/11 MRCA

Briar Knoll drive--acceptance of a conservation easement in the upper Laurel Canyon watershed, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map] 9/12/11 MRCA

Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Acquisition Project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] 8/29/11 SMMC

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on 2144 Nichols Canyon Road and potential impacts on the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s planned Castair Drive to Wattles Drive Trail, City of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter and Attachments] [Map] 8/29/11 SMMC

Pacific Palisades trail easement (Miller [Map 4]), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA


MALIBU:

Trancas canyon trail easement (Kivman), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Monte Nido trail easement (James), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Zuma canyon trail easement (Gittelson—5655 Busch Drive [Map 3]), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Encinal Canyon trail easement (Quiros), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Decker Canyon trail easement (Geren & Soroudi), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Topanga trail easement (Johnson & Yahraus), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Topanga trail easement (Carlson), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Cold Creek trail easement (Fong), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Las Flores canyon trail easement (Raj), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Corral Canyon trail easement (Bolton [Map 2]), [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA
Las Flores canyon trail easement (Sack), [Staff Report] [Map 1] 9/12/11 MRCA

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EAST L.A. HILLS:

acquisition of Elephant Hill Open Space, El Sereno, City of Los Angeles.
[Staff Report] [Map] 8/3/11 MRCA
[Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] 7/25/11 SMMC
[Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2 _ Map] [Attachment 3 _ Map 2] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] 8/29/11 SMMC

acquire Burnell Avenue properties abutting Elyria Canyon Park, Mount Washington, City of Los Angeles. [Map] [Staff Report] 9/12/11 MRCA,
[Staff Report] [Map] SMMC 9/26/11

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

56 acres-Wheeler Ridge, Expansion 4, $730,000 Mono County
a grant to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust for a cooperative project to acquire fee title in 56± acres of land. 9/13/11 WCB

169 acres--Western Riverside County MSHCP, $1,042,500 Expansions 10 and 11
acquire in fee two separate properties totaling 169± acres. 9/13/11 WCB

156 acres--Carlsbad/Northwest San Diego County MHCP $1,256,250 HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Perkins)
acquire in fee 156± acres at the northern terminus of Lone Jack Road and west of Rancho Summit Road. 9/13/11 WCB

97 acres--City of Carlsbad $3,214,000 Habitat Management Plan/NW HCPLA 2009 (Bridges)
San Diego County
acquire in fee 97± acres. 9/13/11 WCB

563 acres--Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, $708,000 Expansion 4, San Diego County
acquisition in fee of 563± acres. 9/13/11 WCB

468 acres--Long Potrero East $1,498,000 San Diego County
grant to the Back Country Land Trust to acquire in fee 468± acres. 9/13/11 WCB