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Project: Whitewater Floodplain Conservation Area, Riverside County

Description: This is a cooperative project with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Coachella Valley Conservation Commission (CVCC), Wildlife Conservation Board, and the Department of Fish and Game, to acquire 217 acres of private land within the Whitewater Floodplain Conservation Area, west of the City of Palm Springs, in Riverside County. The project involves the acceptance of a Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grant from the USFWS, and the approval of an Agreement to Subgrant the federal funds to the CVCC to assist in the acquisition project. The acquisition will allow for the protection of blowsand habitat which is essential for recovery of the fringe-toed lizard and protection from development that is occurring in the southern and western reaches of the Coachella Valley. This acquisition is part of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan approved for the Coachella Valley portion of Riverside County.

Reference Number: 36402010069

Implemented By: Coachella Valley Conservation Commission

Objective: The project involves six different land owners. The acquisition of the subject parcels will provide core habitat, linkages, and fluvial and aeolian sand transport corridors which are important for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard. Although the lizard is the only federally-listed species covered under the USFWS grant, the land conserved provides habitat for several listed or rare endemic species. These species include the Palm Springs pocket mouse, Coachella Valley round-tailed ground squirrel, Flat-tailed horned lizard, Barrow's dune beetle, Coachella giant sand-treader cricket, Coachella Valley grasshopper, Coachella Valley Jerusalem cricket, and the Coachella Valley milk-vetch. The properties will be acquired and managed by the CVCC. It is anticipated that the area will offer passive recreational uses, as the habitat is maintained in conjunction with other properties for form a preserve under the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan.

Type: Acquisition Fee Title

Total Cost: $3,364,070.00

Project Status: Complete and Fully Paid

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 10/8/2010    Actual Completion: 10/8/2010

Associated Counties: Riverside

Located In Disadvantaged Community: No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $3,364,070.00
Federal Contribution5/27/2010$2,207,000.00
Local Contribution5/27/2010$1,155,000.00
Prop. 84, Natural Community Conservation Planning Program5/27/2010$2,070.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Acquisition Fee TitleNatural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP)217acres acquired

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