CDFW News | The Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects

The Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects

Attiyeh Ranch Nacimiento River and rock outcrop photo 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 throughout 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 working landscapes that incorporate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices that benefit 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 on approximately 353 acres of district-owned land in the Los Gatos Creek watershed in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
  • An $841,000 grant to the Grassland Resource Conservation District for a cooperative project with the Grassland Water District to improve critical water supply infrastructure and provide improved water supply capacity to 46,600 acres of seasonal wetlands managed in the Grasslands Ecological Zone in the San Joaquin Valley in 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 wildlife habitat, migration corridors and connectivity in the Nacimiento River watershed 20 miles northwest of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County.
  • A $991,000 grant to the Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara to restore riparian willow and cottonwood forests, emergent freshwater marshes, and riparian and coastal sage scrub patches on 20 acres in the Cienega Springs Ecological Reserve in Fillmore, 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 open space and habitat for the City of Fullerton in Orange County.
  • A $3 million grant to the Association of San Diego Governments to restore the Buena Vista Lagoon to an estuarine wetland from the current freshwater marsh to enhance and maintain sensitive habitats and species natives, located between the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside in San Diego County.

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

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Media contacts:
John Donnelly, Wildlife Conservation Council, (916) 902-8211
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641

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