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Yolo-Solano Conservation Partnership

Yolo-Solano Conservation Partnership
Project Information
Client CALFED Bay-Delta Program grant
Type Land conservation projects, wildlife habitat development, permit coordination, develop educational materials
Size Variable with individual projects
Location Yolo and Solano Counties
Status Completed 2012

Project Overview

The Yolo Solano Conservation Partnership Grant (Project) was an extensive partnership effort across 2 counties and 9 local organizations. The Project had a number of land-based and extension-oriented learning goals, which could only be achieved through these extensive partnerships. This partnership was born out of commitment by the project participants to the idea that agricultural landscapes play an important role in providing native species with areas for food, shelter and reproduction and that these same lands can play an important role in species recovery. The broad expanses of productive land and the conservation projects that private landowners install on their property provide benefits to the general public, but those benefits are difficult to quantify, typically go unnoticed, and often face barriers to their implementation. Bringing those ecosystem values closer to the beneficiaries and raising awareness of the public begins with the younger generation; giving them experiences with working landscapes provided an important connection toward that goal.

Project Description

    Start date September 2007
    End date March 2012
    Type of Activity
    • Provide programs to reduce conservation barriers for farmers, including landowner assurances, permit streamlining and conservation fund leveraging
    • Demonstrate new ecological findings regarding the benefits of farm ponds for native aquatic and terrestrial species, including the Sacramento perch
    • Add to the documentation of on-farm habitat improvement benefits for wildlife
    • Develop a social and economic analysis of farm "ecosystem services"
    • Create a project model transferable to other regions
    • Share and exchange information about the project's goals and progress through public workshops, presentations, youth education and small publications
    • Educate landowners, students and the public about conservation practices
    Goals
    • Reduce hindrances to implementation of habitat improvement programs through development of landowner no-faults assurances, the leveraging of local/state/federal funds, and conservation project permits.
    • Demonstrate farm-friendly habitat methods for wildlife identified in the CALFED Multi-Species Conservation Strategy, specifically Giant Gartersnake and Sacramento perch.
    • Monitor the effects of conservation methods for a) efficacy, b) practice design modification, and c) improved understanding of species and farmland interactions.
    • Extend program information and methods to farmers, groups and the general public in other regions. These were substantial goals.

References

Final Report (11.9MB PDF)

The report consists of a main report document, a series of 17 Attachments, all noted in sequence in the body of the report, which supplement the many deliverables produced over the years of the grant since it started September 1, 2007. The complete final report can be found at the above link. The links provided below are of the key elements developed over the past 5years of the project.

Attachment 1 - Lessons Learned (12.8KB PDF)

This report is a candid list of things that the partners on this project have learned through implementation of on-the-ground projects, recommendations about approaches and methods, and general thoughts and tips for improved project success.

Attachment 3 - Wildlife Monitoring Report (807KB PDF)

The goal of monitoring for this project was to measure the survival and changes in composition of vegetation communities planted during the project and to document any short-term changes in habitat use by wildlife.

Attachment 8 - Giant Gartersnake Survey Summary and Riceland Best Management Practices Report (344KB PDF)

Surveys were conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to assess the occurrence of the giant gartersnake at this location, develop a proxy monitoring protocol, and evaluate and establish riceland best management practices (BMPs) for the Yolo Solano Conservation Partnership. This report documents the results of surveys and provides riceland BMPs.

Attachment 9 - Sacramento Perch Stocking Report (340KB PDF)

The Sacramento perch is a native sunfish that once was abundant, but is now extirpated from virtually all of its former habitats throughout the Sacramento‐San Joaquin watershed. Sacramento perch have been listed as a species targeted for recovery in the Delta Native Fishes Recovery Plan, are listed by the Department of Fish and Game as a Species of Special concern, and are classified by CALFED as an At‐Risk (Priority Group 2) Species in the 2001 ERP.

Attachment 11 - Benefits and Costs of Ecosystem Restoration Practices on Agricultural Lands (268KB PDF)

This report discusses the costs and benefits of conservation practices for improving ecosystems on agricultural land.