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Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

At its Aug. 24 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $24.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 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 $317,000 grant to East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy (ECCCHC) and the acceptance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition grant, and the approval to sub-grant these federal funds to the ECCCHC. This will fund a cooperative project with the East Bay Regional Park District to acquire approximately 40 acres of land for the protection and preservation of existing regional wildlife linkages and grassland habitats that support listed species identified in the ECCCHC/Natural Community Conservation Plan, south of the city of Antioch in Contra Costa County.
  • A $1.6 million grant to the California Department of Water Resources for a cooperative project with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) to construct public access and habitat enhancements to a gravel pit pond adjacent to the San Joaquin River at the SJRC Sycamore Island property, approximately 3 miles downstream of the State Route 41 bridge in Madera County.
  • A $1.4 million grant to the Regents of the University of California for a cooperative project with University of California, Santa Barbara to construct an administrative and meeting hall, renovate research quarters, construct an outdoor kitchen and repair roads and other infrastructure and facilities needed to serve current and projected needs within the Sedgwick Reserve, 35 miles north of Santa Barbara near the town of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County.
  • A $20 million grant to assist a cooperative project with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to acquire a multipurpose easement over approximately 9 acres of land for habitat restoration, open space preservation, and to provide potential future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities, four miles north of downtown Los Angeles in Los Angeles County.
  • A $384,600 grant to The Chaparral Lands Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to restore approximately 5 acres of sensitive vernal pool and sensitive maritime succulent scrub habitats on City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department property adjacent to Ocean Hills Parkway and Otay Mesa Road, in the community of Otay Mesa.

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

a muddy drive leads to a river with trees and grass on the banks
Photo courtesy of DWR
dried-out scrub brush and dead grass among fan palms, with arid mountains in the distance, under a blue sky
Photo courtesy of City of Los Angeles
wet, grassy vernal pool habitat damaged by mountain bikes
WCB photo by Don Crocker

 

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

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

At its Feb. 23 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $10 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including the Salton Sea. Some of the 16 funded 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 $900,000 grant to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to construct a boat launch facility on Trout Lake, renovate the entrance road and replace a bridge over the Little Shasta River on CDFW’s Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, approximately eight miles east of the City of Yreka in Siskiyou County.
  • A $1.4 million grant to the County of Yolo to re-construct the boat launch facility on the CDFW Knights Landing Public Access property, in Knights Landing in Yolo County.
  • A $2.4 million grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to acquire conservation easements over approximately 12,710 acres of land to protect open space and a natural landscape consisting of native oak woodlands, chaparral, annual grasslands and watersheds that are beneficial to Tule elk and other wildlife, and promote the preservation of habitat linkages and corridors between existing protected lands near the community of Pozo, in San Luis Obispo County.
  • A $1 million grant to the City of Santa Clarita to acquire fee title to approximately 200 acres of land to protect upland coastal scrub, oak woodland, coastal watersheds and important habitat linkages, south of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County.
  • A $426,000 grant to Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy for a cooperative project with Department of Water Resources to restore approximately 97 acres of riparian habitat for threatened and endangered species. The property is on Endangered Habitats Conservancy property along the San Diego River in the El Monte Valley, two miles east of Lakeside in San Diego 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 Education and Outreach, (916) 322-2420

New Website Highlights Potential Restoration Alternatives at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, State Coastal Conservancy and the Annenberg Foundation today announced a joint website to provide an initial outline of potential restoration alternatives at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve on the Los Angeles County coast. The website builds on a prior site, and also features scientific studies, history of meetings and information about the wetlands.

The website, ballonarestoration.org, provides an early overview of proposed alternatives that will be presented in a draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) that is anticipated to be released before the end of 2014. Upon release, interested parties and members of the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the EIR/EIS.

Because this website precedes the EIR/EIS, the proposed alternatives are subject to change. The state and private partners created the site to provide as much information as possible to interested parties.

In January 2013, the Annenberg Foundation entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the aforementioned state partners that proposes to enhance the state’s existing goal of establishing Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve as a thriving wildlife habitat and an outdoor education destination for local communities.

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

May 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

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.