Friday, March 27, 2015

Public Resources Code and Description of Funding Uses

Proposition 40 funding provided to the WCB targets certain habitat types, species, and programs. A list and description of these are provided below, along with Public Resources Code Section reference.

Public Resource Code Section 50 96.650(a)

  • (1) Recovery of Threatened and Endangered Species
    Includes projects and habitats that are critical to the sustainability of federal or state listed threatened or endangered species, or species of special concern. NCCP or HCP properties or projects which have received California Department of Fish and Wildlife approval and are part of a long-term conservation plan can also be funded.
  • (2) Linkages and Corridors
    Includes projects with actively used habitat lands that connect larger, already protected habitats for multiple species. These may be selected according to the follow priorities:
    • a. High development threat; high-use route for species that migrate annually;
    • b. High development threat; one of few remaining routes for species that use and additional habitats; a true corridor for species' safe transfer from one habitat block to another;
    • c. Future likely threat; connecting acreage between intact ecological communities which would provide greater diversity as a whole for the watershed.
  • (3) Significant Natural Landscapes
    Include projects that provide for:
    • a. Support of open space or park projects that contribute to large landscape conservation initiatives;
    • b. Support of intact ecological communities covering small or large land areas which have a high diversity of species, or contain habitats which are rare, limited, or unique within California. Projects may include such habitats as wetlands (marshes, bogs, vernal pools, tidal marshes, interior valley semi-permanent wetlands, etc), riparian woodlands, oak woodlands, redwood forests, native perennial grasslands, foothill habitats, and others which provide a high level or protection fro the species that inhabit them.
  • (4) Public Access
    For projects that provide public access and use of public lands for wildlife related recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Projects may include acquisition of land for public access purposes. Public access development projects may include boat ramps, fishing piers, and attendant facilities such as parking lots, restrooms, fish cleaning stations, access roads, and pedestrian trails.
  • (5) Planning
    For preparing land management plans (using CDFW Guidelines) for any CDFW lands acquired by WCB in fee title.

Public Resource Code Section 5096.650 (f)

Funding can be used for the preservation of agricultural lands and grazing lands, including oak woodlands and grasslands. This money is allocated under either one of the WCB's two programs, the Rangeland, Grazing Lands and Grassland Protection Program or the Oak Woodlands Conservation Program. For more information, click on either.

  • Rangeland, Grazing Lands and Grassland Protection Program
  • Oak Woodlands Conservation Program
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