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California-Nevada Offices , May 21, 2012
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Dos Rios Ranch at Confluence of Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers
Dos Rios Ranch at Confluence of Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers - Photo Credit: River Partners
Welcome to Dos Rios Ranch Dedication
Welcome to Dos Rios Ranch Dedication - Photo Credit: River Partners

By Ruth Ostroff, CVJV

This spring the Tuolumne River Trust,  Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) Management Board members, River Partners, as well as landowners and public agencies, celebrated the acquisition of 1,600 acres at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers. The Dos Rios Ranch Project is one of the most important preservation projects in the Central Valley and is the culmination of more than ten years of effort. While enhancing Central Valley Flood Control, it will restore six miles of river frontage along the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Rivers, and increase the size of the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge by 24 percent.

One million dollars of North American Wetlands Conservation Act  (NAWCA) funds were matched with more than $20 million of additional funds to complete this monumental project. The NAWCA is an incentive-based, landowner-friendly program that fosters the development of public-private partnerships to protect North America’s migratory bird habitat. NAWCA is an indispensible program for the CVJV, as well as other migratory bird joint ventures across the country.

California currently has 113 NAWCA projects either completed or underway. These projects have conserved a total of 664,756 acres of wildlife habitat. NAWCA funding of over $68.9 million has stimulated partner contributions of $324 million. Dos Rios Ranch is a perfect example of the importance of NAWCA, and the power of collaborative partnerships conserving habitat in the Central Valley. Migratory bird joint ventures have been pioneering collaborative partnerships across North America for 25 years.

Contact Info: Ruth Ostroff, 916-414-6460, ruth_ostroff@fws.gov
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