Conservation Easement at Winje's Farm Conservation Easement

January 23, 2010

Winje’s Farm began the process through the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Filed under: Uncategorized — rnwinje @ 7:03 am

Shortly before Christmas, on December 18th, 2006, Russell Winje followed up on a conversation with the Sheppard-Nardella Ranch in which the WRP process was brought up. With little to go on, he contacted the California Fish and Game in Alturas, who referred him to Steve Clay (Project Leader of the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge/USFWS) Alturas. Shortly there after, on December 20th , Steve responded, suggesting that he would discuss Winje’s proposed project on their farm with Loren Ruport (Private Lands Manager with the USFWS, Lower Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex), as well as Richard Shinn (Wildlife Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game) . Loren in turn contacted the NRCS to set up a site visit for the spring of 2007, to review putting a project together on Winje’s Farm. Doors began to open and seemingly unrelated names began to connect and exciting prospects seemed to be in the spotlight. On a warm and sunny spring day, and with much enthusiasm, Russell, Steve and Loren put on rubber boots and entered the future home of the Conservation Easement at Winje’s Farm.

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