FEB 2018 RANGELAND & OPEN SPACE CONSERVATION DRIVE SUCCESS!!!
In February, 2018, The Land Trust and our community partners succeeded in purchasing Conservation Easements permanently protecting more than 13,000 contiguous acres of foothill rangeland, ‘from the valley to the pines’, in Butte and Tehama County!
These lands range from 300 to 4,000 feet and contain a rich mosaic of grasslands, blue oak woodlands, steep-canyon perennial streams, mixed chaparral, and black oak/ponderosa pine woodlands at higher elevations.
These conservation easements support sustainable ranching, community agriculture and quality of life, while also protecting:
- Critical migration corridors and winter range for California’s largest migratory deer herd (the East Tehama Deer Herd);
- Habitat for over 50 special-status plant and animal species;
- Over 50 miles of intermittent & perennial streams;
- Prime habitat for mountain lion, black bear, golden eagle, and other wide-ranging predators!
- This incredible project was accomplished through The Land Trust’s broad-spectrum conservation community partnership with landowners, ranchers, hunters, state & federal agencies, private foundations, local businesses, and individual supporters (like you!).
Major conservation funding for these projects was provided by the following partners:
- California Wildlife Foundation
- California Wildlife Conservation Board
- Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation
- Joseph and Vera Long Foundation
- Sierra Nevada Brewery
- Sierra Nevada Conservancy
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Agricultural Lands Easement Program
- California Department of Conservation & Strategic Growth Councils’ *Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP).
*This funding program is part of California Climate Investments, which uses proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.