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Project: Wright Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition Project

Description: Funding for this project will be used for the acquisition of a conservation easement in perpetuity over approximately 1,729 acres of land commonly known as Wright Ranch, located in the County of Madera, California. This project will result in the permanent conservation over one mile of the Fresno River and the riparian ecosystem, oak woodland/savannah, grassland, and forest habitats that support many species including foothill yellow-legged frog, western pond turtle, golden eagle, yellow warbler, pallid bat, ringtail, porcupine and other Species of Greatest Conservation Concern, while also preserving current instream flows which augment the San Joaquin River flows.

Reference Number: 3600BQ2096009

Implemented By: Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Objective: Objectives are to: eliminate the threat of fragmentation, development or conversion, permanently protect fish and wildlife habitat to enhance climate adaption and connectivity for a climate resilient wildlife corridor, protect over a mile of the Fresno River, its headwaters and tributaries, springs, stream flows and water quality on and downstream of the property, through the purchase of a conservation easement and 37 development rights on the 1,729 acre Wright Ranch, protecting an important watershed, fish and wildlife habitat, and corridor, including over a mile of the Fresno River.

Type: Acquisition Easement, Restoration

Total Cost: $821,393.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 3/15/2024    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties:

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Watershed Restoration9/1/2020$821,393.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Acquisition EasementWorking Land/Farmland Conservancy1729acres acquired
RestorationEcosystem: Lowland Floodplains and Bypassess5acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEcosystem: Riparian Habitat12.5acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEcosystem: Shallow Water/ Marsh/ Wetland Habitat1.2acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEradication/Treatment of Invasive Species12.5acres assessed/treated
RestorationRiver Channel Restoration5acres restored/assessed/managed

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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