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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lots of Big Land Buys by State in September

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
NOTICE OF MEETING
September 3, 2015
10:00 AM
1/ Natural Resources Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814

PRELIMINARY AGENDA:

MAPS OF PURCHASES:
SUMMARY:

NORTH COAST:

Mendocino County:
2018 acre conservation easement
2554 acre conservation easement

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Napa County:
443 acres

Santa Clara County:
1831 acres


CENTRAL COAST:

Ventura County:
282 acres


CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Shasta County:
13 acres

Tehama County:
5545 acre conservation easement

Colusa County:
1547 acre conservation easement
2507 acre conservation easement

Butte County:
255 acres

Fresno County:
15 acre conservation easement

Kern County:
1019 acre conservation easement


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND DESERT:

Mono County:
2036 acres

San Bernardino County:
6 acres
5 acres

Riverside County:
20 acres
5 acres

San Diego County:
391 acres
1129 acres
77 acres
4 acres




DETAILS ON PURCHASES:


NORTH COAST:

Brush Creek Conservation Easement (Miller Trust), Mendocino County, $1,676,000
grant to the Mendocino Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,018± acres of land for the conservation and protection of managed forest lands and forest reserve areas that include Douglas fir, old growth redwood, riparian corridors, coastal watersheds and riverine habitats, and support salmonids and other rare wildlife species, located east of Point Arena, in Mendocino County.


Ten Mile River - Parker Ranch, Forest Conservation Program, Mendocino County, $3,470,000
grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement on 2,554± acres of native forest habitats, including redwood, Douglas fir and Grand fir forest in the upland zones, and mature red alder forest within the riparian zone along the Ten Mile River located near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Blue-Ridge Berryessa CAPP, Smittle Creek, Napa County, $1,420,000
grant to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District to acquire 443± acres of land for the protection and preservation of deer, mountain lion, and oak woodland habitat and existing regional wildlife linkages, located west of Lake Berryessa in Napa County.
Santa Cruz Mountains Linkages, Coyote Ridge (NCCP), Santa Clara County, $2,710,000
To consider the allocation for a tax credit to United Technologies Corporation for a cooperative project with Santa Clara Open Space Authority, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Bureau of Reclamation, California State Parks, California Coastal Conservancy, the Resources Legacy Fund, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to acquire 1,831± acres of land for the protection of threatened and endangered species, provide movement corridors and connectivity, and provide wildlife oriented public use opportunities, located near Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County.



CENTRAL COAST:

Cienega Springs, Ventura County, $7,545,000
acquisition in fee of 282± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and to accept settlement funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Fund for the protection of threatened and endangered species, riparian and floodplain habitat along the Santa Clara River and to provide wildlife oriented public use opportunities associated with CDFW's Fillmore Fish Hatchery located near Fillmore in Ventura County.



CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Expansion (Manner), Shasta County, $350,000
acquisition in fee of 13± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as an addition to the Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area to provide additional access for wildlife oriented public opportunities located near Cottonwood, in Shasta County


Pine Creek Linkages (Rose Ranch), Tehama County, $1,547,000
grant to the Northern California Regional Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire a conservation easement over 5,545± acres to provide protection for deer, mountain lion, and oak habitats north of the town of Chico in Tehama County.


Epperson Place Ranch Conservation Easement, Colusa County, $403,000
grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist with the acquisition of a conservation easement over 1,547± acres of land to protect and sustain the rangeland, grazing land, grassland, working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and watersheds near Bear Valley in Colusa County
PULLED FROM AGENDA

Keegan Ranch Conservation Easement, Colusa County, $328,500
grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist with the acquisition of a conservation easement over 2,507± acres of land to protect and sustain the rangeland, grazing land, grassland, working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and watersheds near Bear Valley in Colusa County.
PULLED FROM AGENDA

Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Cherokee Farms, Exp. 7, Butte County, $2,640,000
acquisition in fee of 255± acres of land by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, as an expansion to the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (UBBWA) supporting wetland habitat.


Maxwell Conservation Easement Transfer, Fresno County, $0.00
acceptance of a conservation easement over 15± acres of land,
held for mitigation purposes by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the continued protection of habitat and to prevent any use of the Property that will significantly impair or interfere with the conservation values of the Property, located in the city of Auberry in Fresno County.


Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Cummings, Kern County, $210,000
grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to acquire a conservation easement over 1,019± acres of land for
the protection of native oak woodlands and rolling grasslands and to support habitat linkages and corridors between existing protected lands, located 25 miles southeast of Bakersfield and eleven miles northwest of the city center of Tehachapi in Kern County

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND DESERT:

Summers Meadow, Mono County $1,345,000
acquisition in fee for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire in fee 2,036± acres of rangeland including wet meadow, chaparral and sagebrush scrub habitat areas supporting deer, mountain lion, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the greater sage grouse, located near the community of Bridgeport in Mono County.


Puma Canyon, Expansion 6, San Bernardino County, $66,000
grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire 6± acres of land, to conserve lower montane chaparral and woodland habitat for the benefit of deer, mountain lion and other wildlife species, located in Puma Canyon on the lower northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains, near the community of Pinon Hills in San Bernardino County.


Shay Meadows Conservation Area Expansion 2 (Whitcher), San Bernardino County, $56,650
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (SBMLT) and the acceptance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Land Acquisition Grant and the approval to subgrant these federal
funds to the SBMLT to acquire in fee 5± acres of land for the protection and preservation of wet meadow and seasonal pond habitat supporting State and federally listed species, located near the community of Big Bear City, east of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County.


Shay Meadows Conservation Area Expansion 3 (Smith), San Bernardino County, $28,925
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (SBMLT) and the acceptance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Land Acquisition Grant and the approval to subgrant these federal
funds to the SBMLT to acquire in fee 3± acres of land for the protection and preservation of wet meadow and seasonal pond habitat supporting State and federally listed species, located near the community of Big Bear City, east of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County.


SR-91 Wildlife Underpass Design, Riverside County, $400,000
grant to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for a cooperative project with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to complete the design work for the replacement of an existing box tunnel with a bridge to facilitate wildlife crossing at a Caltrans Right of Way on SR-91, located approximately 0.7 miles west of the Green River Road Interchange in the City of Corona in Riverside County.

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) – Dyer/Wynn, Riverside County, $128,200
grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to acquire in fee 20± acres of land in western Riverside County located near the city of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County


Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) - McCormick, Riverside County, $68,000
grant to acquire in fee 5± acres of land in western Riverside County located near Murrieta in Riverside County


Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area Expansion 5, San Diego County, $390,551
acquisition in fee of 391± acres of land that supports key populations of the endangered quino checkerspot butterfly as an expansion to the Hollenbeck Wildlife Area located near the
community of Jamul approximately 20 miles east of downtown San Diego.


Lucky 5 Ranch, Phase II, San Diego County, $510,000
grant to Anza-Borrego Foundation for a cooperative project with the San Diego Association of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, and the Resources Legacy Fund to acquire in fee 1,129± acres of land for the protection of habitat that supports endangered species, promotes the preservation of habitat linkages and corridors between existing protected lands, and offers the potential to provide for wildlife oriented public use opportunities, located near the community of Cuyamaca in San Diego County.


Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, Expansion 5, San Diego County, $77,650
acquisition in fee of 77± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of core areas of habitat to support threatened and endangered species and to secure key regional wildlife linkages all consistent with an existing Multiple Species Conservation Plan, a joint Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan, located near the City of El Cajon in San Diego County.


Buena Vista Ecological Reserve (MacHutchin), San Diego County, $1,360,000
grant to The Buena Vista Audubon Society to acquire in fee 4± acres of coastal wetlands located near Oceanside in San Diego County.


Malibu Creek Rindge Dam Removal, Planning, Los Angeles County, $610,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a cooperative project with the United States Army Corp of Engineers, State Coastal Conservancy/Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Mountains Restoration Trust to complete the combined Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the removal of the Rindge Dam, located two miles north of City of Malibu in Los Angeles County.

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