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Ranches Conserved in Tehama County

January 27, 2011 | Northern California Regional Land Trust | Chico, CA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jamison Watts
Executive Director
530-894-7738 | jwatts@landconservation.org

 

Hallmark Conservation Project Conserves 7,132 Acres

 

CHICO, CA -- The Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT) has acquired two voluntary conservation easements protecting two working ranches and approximately 7,132 contiguous acres of rangeland in western Tehama County, approximately 15 miles west of Red Bluff.  Hailed as a “hallmark conservation project for the region” by Executive Director Jamison Watts, these easements will preserve the region’s ranching tradition and ecological values that are present today for future Californians.  Funding for the purchase of the two easements was provided by the California Wildlife Conservation Board in the amount of $3.9 million.

Among the resources conserved, the “Red Bank Project” will permanently protect 4,275 contiguous acres of oak woodland as well as annual grassland, working farmland, chamise-redshank chaparral, spring-fed wetlands, intermittent and perennial streams, riparian habitat along Red Bank Creek and North Fork Elder Creek, scenic open space, and habitat supporting several special-status species including valley elderberry longhorn beetle, foothill yellow-legged frog, and California red-legged frog.  The project is also contiguous with approximately 7,000 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and Mendocino National Forest, providing an essential buffer to help prevent incompatible land use or development.  As with all of its conservation easements, NCRLT will hold and monitor the easements into the future.

In addition to principal funding from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, several conservation organizations contributed technical support or funding towards the success of the Red Bank Project including Defenders of Wildlife, CAL FIRE, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife.  Additional supporters included the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, California Cattlemen’s Association, California Department of Fish and Game, and The Nature Conservancy.

The Northern California Regional Land Trust has assisted northern California landowners and public agencies in the protection of their land and natural resources, while also helping them gain the economic benefits of conservation, since 1990. The organization carries out its mission by negotiating conservation easements and facilitating voluntary land exchanges and land acquisitions with willing sellers and buyers.  For more information, call (530) 894-7738 or visit www.landconservation.org.

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