Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area
Proposed Expansion

Image of Grasslands Exanpsion CoverCurrent Status:

The final Environmental Assessment, Land Protection Plan, Conceptual Management Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were completed in January of 2005.

Purpose of Study:

The area east of the existing Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been identified as being essential to the recovery of threatened and endangered species. This same area is also recognized for its international importance in the life cycle of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds of North America's Pacific Flyway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to expand the Grasslands WMA. This proposed expansion would allow the Service to conserve, protect, and restore native grasslands, vernal pools, riparian corridors, and wildlife compatible crops through purchase of perpetual conservation easements from willing sellers.

Study Area Size and Location:

The study area is located east of the existing Grasslands WMA and Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the heart of Merced County and the northern San Joaquin Valley. Three towns frame the proposed easement areas: Merced, Chowchilla, and Los Banos, California. Expansion of the WMA would provide nearly continuous land protection between Interstate Highway 5 to the west and State Highway 99 on the eastern boundary of the study area. The expanded WMA would include between 13,800 and 49,000 additional acres.

Documents Available Online:

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Our contact mailing address
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2606
Sacramento, Calif., 95825
Phone: 916-414-6464
Fax: 916-414-6486
Email: cno@fws.gov

You can read, print, or download the following documents online using Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF). A free copy of the Adobe software is available from the Adobe website.

Grasslands WMA Proposed Expansion
Final EA, LPP, and CMP
January 2005
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Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF 88kb)

Environmental Assessment (EA) (PDF 1121kb)

. . .EA Figure 1. Location Map (PDF 216kb)

. . .EA Figure 2. Study Area Map (PDF 221kb)

. . .EA Figure 3. Land Cover Map (PDF 408kb)

Appendix A. Land Protection Plan (LPP) (PDF 137kb)

. . .LPP Landowner Tract Map (PDF 377kb)

. . .LPP Landowner Tract Table (PDF 74kb)

Appendix B. Conceptual Management Plan (PDF 115kb)

Appendix C. Notification List (PDF 109kb)

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Grasslands WMA Proposed Expansion
Draft EA, LPP, and CMP
February 2002
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Environmental Assessment (EA) (PDF 207kb)

. . .EA Figure 1. Location Map (PDF 216kb)

. . .EA Figure 2. Study Area Map (PDF 240kb)

. . .EA Figure 3. Land Cover Map (PDF 555kb)

Land Protection Plan (LPP) (PDF 67kb)

. . .LPP Landowner Tract Map (PDF 325kb)

. . .LPP Landowner Tract Table (PDF 113kb)

Conceptual Management Plan (PDF 49kb)

Errata Sheet (PDF 26kb)


Grasslands Planning Updates

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area Expansion Study - Planning Update 5, July 2005 (PDF File 1,359kb)

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area Expansion Study - Planning Update 4, June 2004 (PDF File 615kb)

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area Expansion Study - Planning Update 3, March 2002 (PDF File 1403fkb)

Grasslands Wildlife Management Area Expansion Study - Planning Update 2, August 2000 (PDF File 975fkb)

Project Contacts:

For Information on the Planning Process Contact:
Richard Smith
Natural Resource Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1916
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916/414-6502
Fax: 916/414-6512

For Information on the National Wildlife Refuge System Contact:
Kim Forrest, Project leader or
Loren Ruport, Wildlife Biologist
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex
P.O. Box 2176
Los Banos, CA 93635-2176
Phone:209/826-3508
Fax: 209/826-1445

For Information on Easement Acquisitions Contact:
Stephen Dyer, Chief
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sacramento Realty Field Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2610
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916/414-6445
Fax: 916/414-6462