Projects Approved for Wildlife Conservation Council Grant Funds

At its quarterly meeting on August 25, 2022, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $15.82 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 17 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 $1.59 million grant to the Great Basin Institute for a cooperative project with the National Park Service and Sequoia Park Conservancy to improve forest health and protect giant sequoia groves located in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks about 80 km east of Fresno in Tulare County.

• A $360,000 grant to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 321 acres of land for the protection of important oak forests and wildlife resources, including the productivity of rangelands and open spaces to support functional landscapes while providing social, economic and environmental benefits, located near San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County.

• A grant of $881,058 to the Resource Conservation District of Ventura County for a cooperative project with Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Meiners Oaks Water District, City of Ojai, Senior Canyon Water District, Ventura River Water District, Merito Foundation, Watershed Progressive and Hicks Law to Expand plans more than 200 multiple-benefit projects to support flow improvement throughout the Ventura River watershed in Ventura County.

• An $863,500 grant to Los Angeles County for a project to build a new floating fishing pier at Puddingstone Reservoir, install trails and restrooms under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and installation of multilingual interpretive signs, located on land owned by the county in the town of San Dimas in Los Angeles County.

• A $1.29 million grant to Bear Yuba Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 806 acres of land for the protection of water resources, wetlands, blue oak forests and lake habitat and prairies, located near the community of Penn Valley in Nevada County.

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

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