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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big Deals from the State Wildlife Conservation Board


82,000 Acres of Wildlife Habitat was Saved with Our Tax Dollars Through the CA Wildlife Board in last 12 Months


TOTAL LAND PRESERVED WITH WCB FUNDING FROM SEPTEMBER 2013 TO AUGUST 2014:

FULL OWNERSHIP (called “in fee”): 13,035 acres
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS (also called development rights): 69,050

Detailed information can be found at the Board's website, http://wcb.ca.gov

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY:

Nelson, Western Riverside County, $88,000
acquire in fee 119± acres north of the City of Wildomar . WCB 9/2013

Palo Verde ecological reserve exp 3, Riverside County, $420,000
acquisition of 36± acres near the City of Blythe . WCB 9/2013

Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve, Expansion 1, Suzanne Adams Trust Donation, Riverside County, $10,000
-- donation from the Trust of Suzanne Adams of 100 +/- acres of land in fee title located southeast of the City of Palm Desert, on the lower eastern slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County. WCB 2/2014

Western Riverside County Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (2012) – Berger,
Riverside County, $71,000
acquire 10± acres of land.  WCB 5/2014

Western Riverside County Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (2012) – Fuller,
Riverside County, $78,500
acquire 20± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

Coachella Valley Natural Community Conservation Plan, Shadowrock, Riverside County, $786,750
-- subgrant federal funds to the Friends of the Palm Spring Mountains (FOPSM) and to consider a Wildlife Conservation Board grant to FOPSM, for a cooperative project with the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy to acquire 352.82± acres located along the lower elevations of the San Jacinto mountains, near the northwest border of the city of Palm Springs. WCB 5/2014

North Peak El Toro, Western Riverside County, $95,000
acquire in fee 47± acres. WCB 8/2014

Patterson, Western Riverside County, $160,500
Acquire in fee 29 acres. WCB 8/2014

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:

Puma Canyon exp. 3 & 4, San Bernardino County, $558,000
grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response to acquire two separate properties totaling 137± acres in Puma Canyon on the lower northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains, near the community of Pinon Hills. WCB 9/2013

Sawmill Pebble Plain Ecological Preserve, San Bernardino County, $2,015,000
--grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust to acquire 166+/- acres of very rare and endangered pebble plain habitat, supporting a wide variety of endemic plant species, located just south of Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains. WCB 2/2014

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY:

San Diego River/Palmer, San Diego County, $676,000
acquire in fee 9± acres near the community of Alpine, in central San Diego County. . WCB 9/2013

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area, Expansion 5 (Thompson) San Diego County, $230,000
-- acquisition in fee of 174+/- acres of land. WCB 2/2014

San Diego County Multi Species Conservation Plan (Bonfils), $208,500
acquisition of 256+/- acres of land located near the community of Lakeside. WCB 5/2014

San Diego County Multi Species Conservation Plan HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (multiple parcels), San Diego County, $685,250
-- subgrant federal funds to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC) and to consider five Wildlife Conservation Board grants to EHC to acquire a total of 142+/- acres from five individual landowners near the city of El Cajon. WCB 5/2014

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

Malaga Canyon-Rancho Palos Verdes--Ocean Trails HCPLA 2009 (Ya Yi May and Angeles LLC Properties) Los Angeles County, $607,250 (USFWS is paying the other $607,000)
-- two grants to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City) plus federal funds to acquire two separate properties, 16± acres and 42± acres in size, in Malaga Canyon. The Property has been appraised as having a fair market value of $1,114,500.. Specifically, the Angeles LLC property has an appraised fair market value of $659,500 and the Ya Yi May property has an appraised fair market value of $455,000. The Property owners have each agreed to sell their Property for its approved appraised fair market value. .WCB 11/2013

Puerco Canyon in Malibu, Los Angeles County, $4,505,000
-- grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and the County of Los Angeles to acquire 703± acres. WCB 5/2014

Gateway Ranch, North Los Angeles County, $1,660,000
A $1.6 million grant to the Trust for Public Land for a cooperative project with the City of Santa Clarita to acquire approximately 302 acres of land to provide corridors linking separate habitat areas to prevent habitat fragmentation, . WCB 8/2014

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EASTERN SIERRAS:

Burcham and Wheeler Flat exp. 1 (Winter), Mono County, $225,000
fee title acquisition of 75± acres 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, near the intersection of U.S. 395 and S.R. 108, commonly referred to as Sonora Junction in unincorporated Mono County. WCB 9/2013

Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement, Mono County, $630,000
-- grant to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 1,240± acres near the community of Bridgeport. WCB 5/2014

Amargosa - Tecopa Hot Springs, Inyo County, $56,750
acquire 80± acres of land for the protection of wetland and upland habitat areas and linkages supporting the State and federally-listed endangered Amargosa vole and the Amargosa niterwort, located just north of the community of Tecopa Hot Springs. WCB 11/2013  

Round Valley Pine Creek Unit, Inyo County, $1,674,250
acquisition of 100± acres of land located 10 miles north of Bishop in the unincorporated community of Rovana in Inyo County. WCB 2/2014

Amargosa Tecopa Hot Springs, exp. 1-3, Inyo County, $29,550
acquisition of 4+/- acres and a conservation easement over 2+/- acres. WCB 8/2014

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CENTRAL COAST:

San Vicente Redwoods (Cemex) Forest conservation easement, Santa Cruz County
A $10 million grant to Save the Redwoods League for a cooperative project with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sempervirens Fund and the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a forest conservation easement over approximately 8,532 acres of working forest lands, forest reserve areas and habitat linkages near the town of Davenport in Santa Cruz County. WCB 8/2014

Santa Cruz Sandhills, Zayante (Dowd and Dumas) Santa Cruz County, $772,600
grant to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (LTSCC) plus federal funds to acquire in fee 14± acres of land and a separate 37± acre conservation easement, located in the City of Ben Lomond in Santa Cruz County. WCB 11/2013

Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (King), Santa Cruz County, $40,000
acquisition of a 329± acre conservation easement located southeast of the City of Aptos. WCB 8/2014

Pismo Preserve, San Luis Obispo County, $4,010,000
A grant to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and others to acquire in fee approximately 879 acres near Pismo Beach. WCB 8/2014

Careaga Canyon ranch conservation easement, Santa Barbara County, $1,383,000
--401 acres near the city of Santa Maria. WCB 8/2014
--WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA

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CENTRAL VALLEY:

San Joaquin River, Hidden Valley Ranch, Stanislaus County. $3 million
to acquire in fee approximately 466 acres located approximately 10 miles west of the City of Modesto, just south of the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers. WCB 9/2013

Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve Access Easement Exchange, southern Sacramento County, $2,500
exchange of an administrative access easement with The Nature Conservancy property at the Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve. WCB 11/2013

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 28, Tulare County, $9,000
acquisition of 7± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection and expansion of habitat near the City of Earlimart, west of State Route 99, in Tulare County. WCB 11/2013

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 28, Tulare County, $0
acquisition of 7+/- acres of land near the city of Earlimart, west of State Route 99, in Tulare County. All of the funding for this project will be reimbursed from the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund assigned to CDFW. WCB 2/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 29 – 40, Tulare County, $0
-- acquisition of 22 separate parcels of land totaling 33.4+/- acres near the city of Earlimart in Tulare County. the proposed funding source is being provided by the California Department of Correction’s Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund assigned to CDFW. WCB 5/2014

Allensworth Ecological Preserve, exp 41-49, Tulare County, $0
acquisition of 12 separate parcels of land totaling 29+/- acres near the city of Earlimart, funding source, which is being provided by the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund. WCB 8/2014

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Cap Canyon Unit, Expansion 3, Kern County, $332,000
acquisition of 360± acres of land in the southern Sierra mountains, approximately 20 miles east of Lake Isabella, in Kern County. WCB 11/2013

Goose Lake Legacy Project, Kern County, $2,348,836
grant to the California Waterfowl Association to acquire 1,670± acres of land for the purpose of protecting wetlands and associated upland habitat areas in the Goose Lake watershed, , south of the City of Wasco in Kern County. .WCB 11/2013

Cow Creek Conservation Area, Expansion 3, Triple B Ranch,  Shasta County, $650,000
-- a grant to the Shasta Land Trust (SLT) to acquire a conservation easement over 600 +/- acres of land, located north of State Highway 44 about 10 miles east of the City of Redding in Shasta County. WCB 2/2014

Red Bank, Conservation Easement Expansion, (Burrows Ranch), Tehama County, $57,000
-- grant to the Northern California Regional Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 170± acres located approximately 20 miles northwest of the City of Red Bluff. WCB 5/2014

Dry Creek Ranch Conservation Easement, Recovery Land Acquisition Grant (2010),
Merced County, $2,068,000
--subgrant federal funds to the California Rangeland Trust, and to consider a Wildlife Conservation Board grant to the California Rangeland Trust acquire a conservation easement over 4,417± acres located near the community of Snelling in Merced County. WCB 5/2014

Swiss ranch conservation easement exp 5, Calaveras County, $500,000
acquisition of a 329± acre conservation easement. WCB 8/2014

American Basin Conservation Easement (High Ridge Ranch), Yuba County
An $805,000 grant to the California Waterfowl Association to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 226 acres. WCB 8/2014.

El Dorado Ranch 1B, El Dorado County
A $4.8 million grant to the American River Conservancy to acquire in fee approximately 1,059 acres fronting the Cosumnes River in El Dorado County.  WCB 8/2014

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Roddy Ranch) $4,846,875
acquire 1,885± acres of land located in the Diablo Mountain Range, above the City of Antioch . WCB 11/2013

East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Anna Smith) Contra Costa County, $2,424,200
acquire 960± acres of land, located in the Diablo Mountain Range, west of the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County. WCB 2/2014

Pole Mountain, Sonoma County, $655,000
--grant to the Sonoma Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Packard Foundation, and the California State Coastal Conservancy, to acquire 238± acres located near the community of Jenner. WCB 5/2014

Mark West Creek (McCullough II), Sonoma County, $2,510,000
Acquire 275 acres in fee northeast of Santa Rosa in the Mayacamas Mountains. WCB 8/2014
WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA

Martinelli Ranch Conservation Easement, Marin County, $1,510,000
--Grant to MALT to buy a conservation easement over 238 acres located west of Bolinas Lagoon. WCB 8/2014

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NORTH COAST:

Usal Forest Conservation Easement Transfer, Mendocino County, $0
-- assignment of a conservation easement by the Conservation Fund to CALFIRE over 49,500 +/- acres in Mendocino County pursuant to the California Forest Legacy Program Act of 2007. WCB 2/2014

Humboldt County Community Forest, McKay Tract, Humboldt County, $4,510,000
acquire 1,000± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

Lost Coast Redwood and Salmon Initiative, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties
$3,210,000
-- a grant to Sanctuary Forest Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,612± acres of land located near the community of Whitehorn. WCB 5/2014

Brush Creek Conservation Easement, Mendocino County, $1,675,000
-- grant to the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) to acquire a conservation easement over 2,018 ± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

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