At its Nov. 16 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $28 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including the Salton Sea. Some of the 17 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with 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 $14 million grant to the California Department of Water Resources for a cooperative project to construct approximately 640 acres of wetland habitat, including deep water channels, shallow ponds, island refugia and nesting structures. The project will enhance habitat for fish-eating birds on the edge of the Salton Sea at the terminus of the New River, seven miles northwest of the City of Westmorland in Imperial County.
$2.2 million to acquire approximately 624 acre-feet of water and storage rights in Heenan Lake for protection of the Lahontan cutthroat trout fishery located near Markleeville in Alpine County.
A $3.7 million grant to the Land Trust of Napa County for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy, California Natural Resources Agency and others to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 7,266 acres of land. This will preserve and protect managed forest lands, riparian corridors and watersheds that support rare and special status wildlife species and vegetation near the City of Calistoga in Napa County.
A $415,000 grant to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and California Natural Resources Agency to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 133 acres of land. This will protect important watersheds, including stream and source waters, and maintain native terrestrial communities and landscape connectivity near Scotts Valley.
A $3.4 million grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for a cooperative project with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the County of Los Angeles, to acquire approximately 71 acres of land. This will protect chaparral, coastal sage scrub, native grasslands and oak woodland-savannah habitat, enhance wildlife linkages, protect watersheds and provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities near the City of Agoura in Ventura County.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Watershed Restoration Grants Branch will hold a public meeting to discuss its Draft Fisheries Habitat Restoration 2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice (FHR 2017 PSN). The Draft FHR 2017 PSN includes focuses for the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, the Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Program, the Forest Land Anadromous Restoration Program and the Commercial Salmon Stamp Program.
The public meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). Interested parties may also participate via phone and online using AT&T Connect. See the meeting notice for instructions on how to participate remotely.
Written comments will be accepted by CDFW between Oct. 10 and Nov. 4, 2016. All timely comments will be considered by staff prior to finalization of the solicitations. Comments may be submitted via email to FRGP@wildlife.ca.gov.
CDFW staff will accept oral and written comments during the public meeting and any comments received may become part of the public record.
Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation to participate in public meetings or other CDFW activities are invited to contact the Department’s Accessibility Coordinator Melissa Carlin at (916) 651-1214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reasonable Accommodation requests for facility and/or meeting accessibility should be received at least 21 days prior to the event. Requests for American Sign Language Interpreters should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and requests for Real-Time Captioning at least four weeks prior to the event.These timeframes are to help ensure that the requested accommodation is met. If a request for an accommodation has been submitted but due to circumstances is no longer needed, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator immediately.
Media contacts: Matt Wells, CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, (916) 445-1285 Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-651-7824
Latinos are California’s largest ethnic population, with almost 15 million people of Hispanic heritage. Yet only a fraction of California’s nearly 1.8 million anglers are Hispanic, and according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study, Hispanic participation in fishing and angling activities has remained stagnant even as overall participation has increased nationwide. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) are looking for new ways to educate and engage Hispanic communities in the sport of fishing, and this year, grants will be made available for programs, classes and activities that support this cause.
Grant funding will be made available through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, which supports the RBFF’s Hispanic initiative, Vamos A Pescar. The Education Fund allows state agencies to provide sub-grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations with project ideas that support efforts to keep future generations educated about the joys of fishing and boating and the importance of conservation. With the help of donations from companies and organizations, the Education Fund has continued to grow and expand nationally.
To be eligible for funding, proposals must:
Encourage family participation (both genders and multiple generations)
Appeal to participants who live in metropolitan communities
Be ethnically-inclusive (open to families of all races and ethnicities)
Proposals should also promote ethical angling practices and good stewardship toward California’s aquatic resources.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of five additional projects to receive approximately $9.4 million in grants through its fiscal year 2015-16 Watershed Restoration Grant Program cycle. These awards were made following an augmentation of funding from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) in the 2016-17 Budget Act.
The grants will fund a diversity of planning, implementation and acquisition projects that further implement the objectives of the California Water Action Plan.
“In the first year of our Proposition 1 program, the number of proposals received outstripped the availability of funding,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “We are responding to this demand by readily supporting additional projects to address specific water action plan objectives which will ensure the program’s continued momentum.”
Projects approved for funding include:
American River Headwaters Restoration Project (up to $1.8 million to American River Conservancy)
Butte Creek Diversion 55 Fish Screen Project (up to $150,000 to Family Water Alliance, Inc.)
Johnson Meadow Acquisition, Upper Truckee River (up to $4 million to Tahoe Resource Conservation District)
Napa River Restoration Oakville to Oak Knoll Project (up to $800,000 to Napa County Department of Public Works)
Oroville Wildlife Area Floodplain Reconnection and Habitat Restoration Project (up to $2.6 million to River Partners)
These five awarded project proposals were included in the initial administrative review and subsequent technical review process of all proposals received in response to CDFW’s August 2015 solicitation. This process included reviews by CDFW scientists, as well as experts from other agencies and academia.
CDFW is also currently reviewing proposals received in response to its fiscal year 2016-17 Proposition 1 Grant Programs solicitation and anticipates the announcement of awarded projects in November 2016.
More information about CDFW’s Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants. Funding for these projects comes from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act 2014 (Proposition 1) bond funds, a portion of which are allocated annually through the California State Budget Act. For more information about Proposition 1, please visit http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/p1.aspx.
Media Contacts: Matt Wells, Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, (916) 445-1285 Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 651-7824
ing, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $15 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 21 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with 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 initiatives approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources. Funded projects include:
A $135,000 grant to the Lake County Land Trust to acquire in fee approximately 34 acres of land for the protection of shoreline freshwater wetland, riparian woodland
and wet meadow habitats that support the state-threatened Clear Lake hitch and the western pond turtle, a state species of special concern. This will also provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities in an area known as Big Valley, on the northwestern shore of Clear Lake in Lake County.
A $1.2 million grant to the Feather River Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Agency to acquire a conservation easement over approximately
5,530 acres of land to provide protection for deer, mountain lion and oak habitats near the town of Doyle in Lassen County.
A $1.7 million acquisition in fee of approximately 1,066 acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to expand the Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area, protect riparian and oak woodland habitat, and for future wildlife oriented public use opportunities near Beckwourth in Plumas County.
A $3 million grant to Sonoma County Agriculture Preservation and Open Space District for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 871 acres of forest lands, including large areas of old and new growth redwood located near Stewarts Point in Sonoma County.
A $2.5 million grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District to acquire in fee approximately 240 acres of land as an expansion of the Sawmill Pebble Plain Ecological Preserve – rare pebble plain habitat supporting a wide variety of endemic plant species – south of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains, in San Bernardino County.
An $850,000 grant to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for a cooperative project to implement a comprehensive habitat restoration program, remove target nonnative invasive weed species and restore native habitat on 65 acres of coastal wetlands on several sites located at Agua Hedionda, Batiquitos Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon. These are located from approximately nine miles north to five miles south of Encinitas on privately owned properties and on properties owned by CDFW and the Department of Parks and Recreation.