Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Proposes Conservation Program for Foothill Rangelands

Jul 19, 2013


Contact:  Mark Pelz – Region 8 Refuge Planning Office – (916) 414-6504

Service Proposes Conservation Program for Foothill Rangelands

Sacramento, CA -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposal to launch a new conservation easement program called the California Foothills Legacy Area (CFLA).

The proposed CFLA easement program would provide a new tool to help ranching families stay on their land while permanently protecting a portion of this important resource for wildlife. The proposed program would be completely voluntary. The easements would encourage continued ranching operations but would limit certain types of development that could take place on a property in the future. No new regulatory requirements would be placed on lands within or outside the program area. Ranches within three foothill areas bordering the San Joaquin Valley could be eligible for the program, depending on which alternative is selected.

The Draft EA and appendices are available online at:

Public input is very important to us. We invite members of the public to attend one of seven public open houses during early August. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will be available at several stations located in the meeting rooms to answer questions and gather comments on the Draft EA for the proposed California Foothills Legacy Area.





August 1


Holiday Inn Express, 840 S. Jaye Street, 93257


August 2


E. Bakersfield Veterans Rooms 1&2, 2101 Ridge Rd.  93395


August 5


Modesto Centre Plaza, Pistache Rm, 1000 L Street, Modesto 95354


August 6


Merced Farm Bureau, 646 S. Hwy 59, Merced  95341


August 7


Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa 95338


August 8

Los Banos

San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center


August 9


Hollister Community Center, 300 West Street, Hollister, 95023


The public can also provide comments via email to For additional information, contact Mark Pelz, Chief, Refuge Planning, at (916) 414-6500. Comments must be received by September 15, 2013, to be considered for development of the final proposal.

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