Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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California Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Habitat Projects

At its June 2 meeting, the California Wildlife Conservation
Board (WCB) earmarked $39.4 million to help restore and protect
fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. The 23 funded
projects will provide benefits to fish and wildlife species,
including some endangered species, and increase public access to
these lands. Several projects also demonstrate the importance of
protecting working landscapes and integrate economic, social and
environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment
and the landowner. The funding for all of these projects comes from
recent bond initiatives approved by the voters to help preserve and
protect California’s natural resources.

Some of the funded projects include:

Sierra Crest Conservation Easement, Phase III, Sierra County. The
WCB approved a $2.4 million grant to the Truckee Donner Land Trust
for a cooperative project with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and
the Northern Sierra Partnership to acquire a conservation easement
over 2,683 acres of land for the preservation and restoration of
productive managed forest lands, wildlife migration corridors and
provide access for outdoor recreational opportunities. The site is
approximately 16 miles northwest of Truckee, near Webber
Lake.

Eel River Peninsula, Mendocino County. The WCB granted $8.5 million
to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for a cooperative project with
the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to acquire a conservation
easement over 8,544 acres of threatened and endangered species
habitat, deer range habitat, oak woodlands and old growth forests,
wildlife corridors and riparian areas to provide future
wildlife-oriented public use opportunities. The site is east of
Willits.

Baxter Ranch, Sonoma County. The WCB approved a $2.3 million grant
for a cooperative project with the California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to allocate funding and
administer federal Forest Legacy Program funds to acquire a
conservation easement over 4,046 acres of land. The project will
protect of the habitats of protected species and mixed conifer, oak
woodland and environmentally important private forest lands located
within the Coastal Range, near Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, 10
miles west of Cloverdale.

Lower Redwood Creek Restoration, Marin County. The WCB granted $1.2
million to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for a
cooperative project with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
of the National Park Service, DFG, the State Coastal Conservancy,
and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore natural creek
alignment and function of Lower Redwood Creek just upstream of Muir
Beach.

Carmel River Riparian Restoration, Monterey County. The WCB
approved a $2.5 million grant to the Big Sur Land Trust for a
cooperative project with California State Parks, State Coastal
Conservancy, Department of Transportation, Monterey County Water
Resources Agency, Monterey County Public Works, Monterey Peninsula
Water Management District, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore private property that
encompasses the lower floodplain of the Carmel River.

Carmel River, San Clemente Dam Removal, Monterey County. The WCB
granted $7 million to the State Coastal Conservancy for a
cooperative project with California American Water (CAW), DFG, the
California Natural Resources Agency, the Open River Initiative, the
Innovative Readiness Training Program, the Coastal Impact
Assistance Program and private foundations to remove the San
Clemente Dam and reroute a half-mile portion of the Carmel River,
located approximately 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean on CAW
property.

Details on all of the projects are in the meeting agenda, available
on WCB’s website at www.wcb.ca.gov.

 

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