Wildlife Conservation Board would like to wish everyone a happy Biodiversity Week September 8, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board would like to wish everyone a happy Biodiversity Week. Biodiversity conservation is one of our Strategic Plan (PDF) top priorities as we, with our partners, contribute to preservation, restoration and access for all throughout the state. At our last Board meeting the Board approved 27 projects for $46 million. A few example projects that support biodiversity include: San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve - Brown headed cowbird Kingfisher Flat Hatchery Stookey Ranch Preserve A grant to restore and enhance 84 acres of riparian and wetland habitat at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in San Diego County. The Project will restore 25 acres of riparian woodland, scrub, and freshwater and alkali marsh habitats to provide climate-resilient, high-quality habitat for the coastal least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, coastal California gnatcatcher, Ridgway’s rail, other migratory/resident birds, and other associated wildlife. A grant to restore fire-damaged equipment and infrastructure of the Kingfisher Flat Hatchery that has supported salmonid spawning and rearing for conservation for nearly 40 years including federally listed endangered Central California Coast coho salmon. A grant to acquire approximately 7,344 acres of land for the protection of oak woodlands, annual grassland and open meadow areas along with a mixed conifer forest, including riparian corridors, salmonid streams, coastal watersheds and habitat linkages in Mendocino and Trinity counties. The property is in the Eel River watershed that supports over 75 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 15 species of fish including coho salmon and steelhead trout. A grant to acquire 226± acre Stookey Ranch Preserve to conserve wildlife corridors, habitat linkages, and to provide wildlife-oriented, public-use opportunities in Mariposa County. The Property’s diverse ecosystems provide high quality habitat opportunities for great gray owl, olive-sided flycatcher, western pond turtle, yellow warbler, pallid bat, ringtail, porcupine, foothill yellow-legged frog, and other species of concern. Categories: General Tagged: Related Articles Happy Holidays from the Wildlife Conservation Board Happy Holidays from the Wildlife Conservation Board April 22, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Stream Flow Enhancement Program Board Meeting April 22, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Stream Flow Enhancement Program Board Meeting February 16, 2023, Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results February 16, 2023, Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results August 26, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results August 26, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results Position Available at the Wildlife Conservation Board Position Available at the Wildlife Conservation Board November 18, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results November 18, 2021 Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting Results Comments are closed.