Two Standard North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants were awarded in our Joint Venture earlier this fall and will conserve a wide array of habitats in California, Oregon and Washington.
Congratulations to grantees Columbia Land Trust and California State Coastal Conservancy and their collaborators! There are at least twenty matching grant partners between the two projects. Additional stakeholders such as community members, contractors and eventual visitors make these projects even more of a partnership effort.
The Tualatin River Basin Project, as part of the Lower Columbia River Estuary Regional Partnership, is focused on wetland and riparian conservation and will conserve both decreasing wetland types and associated uplands. It is the first part of an anticipated multi-phase project to conserve habitats in the Willamette Valley and the Lower Columbia River Estuary.
Further to the south, the Northern California Coastal Wetlands Protection and Restoration Project will conserve tidal marsh, coastal dunes, redwood forest, riparian and additional habitats. Project tracts, including on the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will be restored, enhanced and protected and in some areas public access will be increased.
Both projects will benefit NAWCA priority birds as well as other fish and wildlife. Stay tuned for more news about these projects in 2019!