Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects
Photo of the Attiyeh Ranch Nacimiento River and rock outcrops by Kaila Dettman.
At its quarterly meeting on November 18, 2021, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $ 25 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat across California. Some of the 31 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 functional landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, landowners and the local community.
Funding for these projects comes from a combination of sources, including the Habitat Conservation Fund and voter-approved bond measures to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources.
Funded projects include:
- A $ 1.5 million grant to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for a cooperative project with CAL FIRE to implement forest health and vegetation management activities for fuel reduction and forest resilience. forests on approximately 353 acres of district-owned land in the Los Gatos Creek watershed in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
- A grant of $ 841,000 to the Grassland Resource Conservation District for a cooperative project with the Grassland Water District to improve critical water supply infrastructure and improve water supply capacity to 46,600 acres of areas wetlands managed in the San Joaquin Valley Grasslands Ecological Zone, Merced County.
- A $ 3.88 million grant to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for a cooperative project with the California Department of Conservation and the California State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 7,682 acres of Attiyeh Ranch to protect habitat, migration corridors and wildlife connectivity in the Nacimiento River watershed, 20 miles northwest of Paso Robles, in San Luis Obispo County.
- A grant of $ 991,000 to the regents of the University of California at Santa Barbara to restore a riparian willow and cotton forest, emerging freshwater marshes, and riparian and coastal sage plots on 20 acres in the ecological reserve from Cienega Springs to Fillmore in Ventura County.
- A $ 2.8 million grant to the City of Fullerton for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, California Department of Parks and Recreation and Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire approximately 10 acres in the West Coyote Hills to protect the open spaces and habitat of the town of Fullerton, Orange County.
- A $ 3 million grant to the San Diego Association of Governments to restore the Buena Vista Lagoon to an estuarine wetland from the existing freshwater marsh to enhance and maintain sensitive habitats and species natives, located between the towns of Carlsbad and Oceanside in San Diego County.
For more information on WCB, please visit wcb.ca.gov.
John Donnelly, Wildlife Conservation Council, (916) 902-8211
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641