Proposition 84 Land Acquisition Notices

 

 

Project Name and Action:

Estero Ranch Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 for the acquisition of the 547 acre Estero Ranch property located in southwestern Sonoma County for the purposes of habitat protection, public access and agricultural preservation.

Conservancy Board Meeting: October 1, 2015

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies three of the specified criteria: 1) the project will link to existing protected areas with other large blocks of protected habitat and serve to facilitate wildlife movement, botanical transfer, and result in sustainable, combined acreage; 2) the project will contribute to long-term protection of, and improvement to the water and biological quality of streams within a “priority watershed” as identified by the Resources Agency; and 3) the project is supported by non-state matching funds.

Project Name and Action:

Gallagher Ranch Conservation Easement

Possible authorization to disburse up to $475,000 for the acquisition of a conservation easement over the 330-acre Gallagher Ranch located 1.5 miles east of the town of Point Reyes Station, along Lagunitas Creek, a tributary to Tomales Bay.

Conservancy Board meeting:  June 25, 2015

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies the criteria of PRC Section 75071, subsection (a) because the project will contribute to long-term protection of and improvement to the water and biological quality of Lagunitas Creek, a “priority watershed” which drains to Tomales Bay, also a high priority water body, subsection (b) because the project will link adjacent protected lands to connect with over 100,000 acres of preserved agriculture, protected open spaces and habitat that provide for movement of wildlife, and subsection (e) because the project is supported by private matching funds. The proposed grantee has committed to provide at $519,950 in private funds towards the acquisition.

Project Name and Action:

Richardson-Kashia Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to acquire the 688-acre parcel known as the Richardson-Kashia property for the purposes of natural resource protection and public access in coastal Sonoma County.

Conservancy Board meeting: June 25, 2015

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:
The proposed acquisition satisfies three of the criteria specified in Section 75071: subsection (a) the project will link 688 acres of protected late seral forest to the existing protected area of Salt Point State Park and serve to facilitate wildlife movement, botanical transfer, and result in sustainable, combined acreage; subsection (c) acquisition of the property will support a relatively large area of under-protected major habitat types including coastal prairie and coastal coniferous forest; and subsection (e) the project is supported by significant non-state matching funds.

Project Name and Action:

Pillar Point Bluff (Thompson) Property Acquisition, San Mateo County

Possible authorization to disburse up to $450,000 to Peninsula Open Space Trust to acquire the 21-acre Thompson parcel at the Pillar Point Bluffs just north of Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, for the California Coastal Trail.

Conservancy Board meetingJanuary 29,  2015

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies two of the five criteria of PRC Section 75071, in that:

1) the property is adjacent to two existing segments of a county park and will provide a link ensuring habitat, open space, scenic and recreation connections on the San Mateo County coast; and,

2) the project is supported by significant  non-state matching funds.

Project Name and Action:

UTC Coyote Ridge Property Acquisition, Unincorporated Santa Clara County

Possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority to acquire the 1,831-acre UTC Coyote Ridge Property.

Conservancy Board meetingMay 29,  2014

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies four of the five criteria of PRC Section 75071, in that:

1) the project will serve to connect existing protected areas and facilitate wildlife movement and botanical transfer between protected areas managed the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and other conservation organizations;

2) the project will contribute to long-term protection of and improvement of the biological quality of the Coyote Ridge watershed and its adjacent lands;

3) the project will protect a property that supports a relatively large area of under-protected major habitat type; and,

4) the project is supported by significant  non-state matching funds.

Project Name and Action:

Puerco Canyon Property Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $1,500,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to acquire 703 acres of undeveloped land in Puerco Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County.

Conservancy Board meeting:  May 29,  2014

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies four of the five criteria of PRC Section 75071, in that:

1) the project will provide essential habitat linkage between 1,000-acre Corral Canyon Park and 8,000-acre Malibu Creek State Park and will secure a large block of the Santa Monica Mountains coastal core habitat. The property’s 703-acres are located in the southeast corner of a 23.1 square-mile core habitat – that is not bisected by a single paved road;

2) the project will contribute to long-term protection of and improvement of the water and biological quality of the streams of  three watersheds within the property’s boundaries: Puerco Canyon watershed that drains directly into Santa Monica Bay, and the Corral Canyon and Malibu Canyon watersheds;

3) the project will protect a property that supports a relatively large area of under-protected major habitat types; and

4) the project is supported by significant  non-state matching funds.

Project Name and Action:

Pismo Preserve Acquisition

Authorization to disburse up to $4,000,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of the Pismo Preserve property located adjacent to the City of Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County.

Conservancy Board meeting:  May 29, 2014

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

As required by Section 75071, the Conservancy staff has assessed whether the project meets criteria specified in subsections (a) through (e) of that section. The proposed acquisition satisfies three of the specified criteria including: subsection (a) because the project property contributes to linking existing protected areas with other large blocks of protected habitat, facilitates wildlife movement or botanical transfer, and results in sustainable combined acreage; subsection (c) because the property supports relatively large areas of coast live oak woodland habitat which can be considered an “under-protected” major habitat type because of their vulnerability to threats from development; and subsection (e) because the property acquisition is supported by non-state matching funds. The Land Trust of San Luis Obispo County, County of San Luis Obispo and other local partners are contributing $3,500,000 towards the acquisition.

Project Name and Action:

Loma Mar Property Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to San Mateo County Department of Parks to acquire the 174-acre Loma Mar property adjacent to Memorial County Park in the County of San Mateo.

Conservancy Board meeting:  May 29, 2014

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies three criteria of PRC Section 75071 (a)-(e):

(a) The project will protect 174 acres of landscape and habitat that provide linkages to the adjacent Memorial County Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The project will connect these properties in sustainable combined acreage within a network of 8,000 acres of County-protected habitat;
(b) The project will contribute to long-term protection of and improvement to the water and biological quality of Pescadero Creek as well as the terrestrial resources of Pescadero watershed;
(e) The project is supported by $3.4 in matching funds toward the acquisition costs of $3.9 million.

Project Name and Action:

Hatton Acquisition

Possible authorization to disburse up to $843,000 to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy to acquire and complete a management plan for the 29.38 acre Hatton property along the Ventura River in unincorporated Ventura County

Conservancy Board meeting:  May 29, 2014

Satisfaction of PRC Section 75071 criteria:

The proposed acquisition satisfies four criteria of PRC Section 75071 (a)-(e):

1) The property links to existing protected areas with other large blocks of protected habitat.  The linkage serves to connect existing protected areas, facilitate wildlife movement and botanical transfer, and results in sustainable combined acreage.  Specifically, the Hatton property links to the 1600 acre Ventura River Preserve and consolidates access to the ephemeral Cozy Dell Creek, a potential habitat corridor to further protected uplands.

2) The project will contribute to the long-term protection of, and improvement to, the water and biological quality of the Ventura River and its estuary.

3) Acquisition of the Hatton property will add 28 acres to the 1600-acre Ventura River Preserve, and would protect the entrance of the ephemeral Cozy Dell Creek into the preserve area, thus contributing to the conservation of relatively large areas of protected habitat.

4) The acquisition also includes a non-state funds match of $50,000 from OVLC.  A portion of these funds will be used toward acquisition of fee title in the Hatton property.

 

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