California WCB Approves Funding For Environmental Improvement Projects
The California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved more than $21 million in funding to help restore and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state. The 16 funded projects will provide benefits to fish and wildlife species, including some endangered species, and increase public access to these lands. The funding for these projects comes from recent bond initiatives approved by the voters to help preserve and protect California's natural resources.
Some of the projects funded at the WCB meeting include:
- North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Butte County - WCB approved $117,000 to fund a grant to the California Wildlife Foundation to conduct environmental reviews and analysis required by the California Environmental Quality Act for the construction of a one-and-a-half mile accessible pedestrian trail at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
- Goodwin Red Clover Valley Ranches, Plumas County - WCB approved a $1,993,500 grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the Northern Sierra Partnership and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement of more than 3,900 acres for the protection of rangeland, riparian and wet meadow habitat, and conservation of critical wildlife migration corridors.
- Wildlake Ranch Conservation Easement, Napa County - WCB approved $6,020,000 to fund a cooperative project with the Land Trust of Napa County, the Moore Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the State Coastal Conservancy and DFG to acquire a conservation easement of more than 3,000 acres of land to protect oak woodland, conifer forest, chaparral and riparian habitats located 20 miles northeast of the City of Napa.
- Marks Ranch, Monterey County - WCB approved a $2,195,000 grant to the County of Monterey to acquire approximately 624 acres of coastal range habitat with native grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian habitat and seasonal wetlands that serve as an important wildlife corrido adjacent to the Toro Regional Park, near the City of Salinas. The Board also accepted a pending Land and Water Conservation Fund grant from the National Park Service as a reimbursement.
- Los Cerritos Wetlands, Orange County - WCB approved $5,180,000 for a grant to the Los Cerritos Wetland Authority for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy to acquire approximately 100 acres of land to protect critical coastal wetland habitat, scenic features and vanishing remnants of California's wetland landscape located in the City of Seal Beach.
- Otay River Delta Riparian Restoration, San Diego County - WCB approved a $600,000 grant to River Partners for a cooperative project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore approximately 65 acres of riparian habitat near the mouth of the Otay River on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Details on all of the projects are in the meeting agenda, available on the Board's website at www.wcb.ca.gov.