Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

At its Nov. 30 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $2.6 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 12 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, landowners and the local community. The state funds for all these projects come from bond measures approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources. Funded projects include:

  • A $310,000 grant to the California Waterfowl Association for a cooperative project with the North American Wetlands Conservation Council to construct water conveyance infrastructure and restore wetlands and upland habitats on 507 acres of privately owned property, approximately seven miles south of Oroville in Butte County.
  • A $385,000 grant to the U.S. Forest Service for a cooperative project with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore five meadows, stabilize head-cuts and fill sections of incised stream channels. This project will restore channel form, floodplain connectivity, stream bank stability and meadow vegetation on Stanislaus National Forest lands, seven miles northeast of Pinecrest in Tuolumne County.
  • $340,000 for in-fee acquisition of approximately 12 acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and a Transfer of Jurisdiction of the land by CDFW to the San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), to protect riparian habitat and provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities within the San Joaquin River Parkway, near the City of Fresno in Madera County.
  • A $400,000 augmentation to an existing grant to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation for a cooperative project with CDFW, California State Coastal Conservancy, DWR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Santa Cruz County Public Works. This project will restore 46 acres of tidal marsh and five acres of perennial grasses on CDFW’s Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuarine Research Reserve, two miles east of Moss Landing in Monterey County.

For more information about the WCB please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.

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Media Contacts:
John Donnelly, WCB Executive Director, (916) 445-0137
Dana Michaels, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-2420

Elkhorn Slough Reserve Offers Spanish Speaking Nature Tours in August

Media Contact: Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Who: California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

When: 11 a.m. every Saturday in August (10, 17, 24 and 31)

Where: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center – 1700 Elkhorn Road, Royal Oaks 95076

What: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the second largest estuary in California, is offering Spanish speaking tours for the month of August.

Explore five miles of trails and the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds and marine life. No reservation is needed. There is a $4 entrance fee for anyone over the age of 16.

The tours provided are a result of the partnership with “Environment for the Americas” which is funded through the President Barack Obama’s “America’s Great Outdoors“ initiative that promotes conservation and outdoor recreation.

The Reserve is managed by CDFW in cooperation with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center or go to elkhornslough.org.

May 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact: CDFW Office of Communications, (916) 322-8958


Weekends —Tour Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076)  Docent-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, age 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and additional information are available at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Every Monday Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or www.elkhornslough.org.

1 Recreational groundfish season opens for all boat-based anglers in the Central Groundfish Management Area, from Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

1 — Recreational Ocean salmon season is open from the Oregon/California state line to the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon web page at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the ocean salmon regulations hotline, (707) 576-3429.

2 — Port Hueneme Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 1 pm to 3 pm., at the Oxnard Harbor District Administration Building, 333 Ponoma Street, Port Hueneme (93041). For more information, please call (916) 324-0144 or (805) 488-3677.

9 — San Francisco Bay Region Harbor Safety Committee meeting, Port of San Francisco, 1000-1200 Pier 1 Conference Center, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111).  For more information, please call (916) 324-6450.

11 — Trout Fest, at the San Joaquin River Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant (93626), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Learn the ABCs of trout fishing how to tie knots, rig your pole, cast, and clean and cook trout. Tour the hatchery and learn where to fish and see California golden trout. All equipment is provided at the free event. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/Events/Trout_Fest/, email TroutFest@wildlife.ca.gov or call (559) 765-4824.

15 — Recreational groundfish season opens for boat-based anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas, from the Oregon/California state line to Point Arena, Mendocino County. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

16 — CDFW Climate College lecture, Walk the Talk: CDFW Testimonials and Panel Discussion, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Agency Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). It will also be broadcast live via WebEx. Guest speakers are CDFW Chief Deputy Director Kevin Hunting, CDFW Law Enforcement Division Chief Mike Carion, CDFW Northern Region Scientist Gordon Leppig, and CDFW Senior Marine Biologist Debbie Aseltine-Neilson. Speakers will discuss how they are addressing climate change in their work at the Department. Lectures are designed for CDFW employees but are open to CDFW partners and the public. Please e-mail registrar@wildlife.ca.gov to sign up if you are not already registered for the course, and indicate whether you intend to participate in person or via WebEx. Please register at least two days prior to the lecture. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College/.

16 — CDFW Oil Spill Prevention and Response North Coast Area Committee meeting in Fort Bragg, 1 to 3 p.m. at CDFW’s Fort Bragg Field Office, 32330 N. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg (95437). For more information, please contact Jeffery Dayton at (707) 441-5736 or at Jeff.Dayton@wildlife.ca.gov.

22-23 — California Fish and Game Commission meeting at UCLA’s De Neve Plaza, 351 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles (90024). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2013.

29 — Lobster Advisory Committee meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CDFW Los Alamitos Field Office, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos (90720). The meeting is open to the general public, and a public comment period is scheduled. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/involved.asp.

CDFW Opens 2013 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Volunteer Training Program

Media Contacts:
Dave Feliz, CDFW Manager, ElkhornSlough National Estuarine Research Reserve, (831) 728-2822
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a Volunteer Naturalist Training Class at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) in Monterey County.IMG_7130b

The introductory orientation training class on Saturday, Jan. 12 will be for anyone interested in research and stewardship. Attendees will be able to use their class experience in roles they may take as volunteer wildlife monitors, habitat restorers, maintenance assistants, administrative support or other projects.

In addition, applicants can participate in naturalist training classes which will cover ecology, biology, current and past research at the reserve, ongoing reserve projects, cultural histories, interpretation skills, communication techniques, trail mechanics and educational activities.

Advanced sessions are open to potential ESNERR volunteers who have completed the introductory class. Advanced classes are every Saturday in February with graduation scheduled for Saturday, March 9.

Interested applicants can apply online at http://www.elkhornslough.org or contact:

Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Ankenbrandt
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2822 ext. 30