Proposition 84 Land Acquisition Notices

Suscol Headwaters Preserve Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $400,000 to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District for acquisition of the final 298 acres of the 709-acre Suscol Headwaters Preserve, which will close a gap of more than five miles in the Bay Area Ridge Trail and protect steelhead spawning habitat in Suscol Creek.

When – California Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting, September 28, 2017

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies three of the specified criteria:

  1. Subsection (a), because the project will be the lynchpin to preserving and protecting the Southern Mountains – Skyline Park to Newell Preserve Priority Conservation Area (the proposed Suscol Headwaters Preserve constitutes more than 10% of the total land area of the approximately 7,800-acre priority conservation area).
  2. Subsection (b), because the project will protect the headwaters of Suscol Creek in the Napa River watershed, which has been identified by the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration as one of eight “anchor watersheds” with the highest restoration potential for steelhead trout in the San Francisco Bay Area in the report San Francisco Estuary Watershed Evaluation: Identifying Promising Locations for Steelhead Restoration in Tributaries of the San Francisco Estuary (CEMAR, 2007)
  3. Subsection (c), because the project is supported by local matching funds (the County of Napa and the Napa Regional Park and Open Space District have committed to provide $500,000 towards the acquisition).