Conservation Easement at Winje's Farm Conservation Easement

February 8, 2010

Audubon gives an official letter stating their position.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rnwinje @ 7:31 am

October 30th, 2007 Graham wrote:

Attached is a copy of Audubon California’s letter of support for the Winje WRP Project based on our last site visit. Audubon California would like to partner on the project and is will to provide a financial contribution toward the project.

The letter reads:

On behalf of Audubon California I would like to express our strong support for the application for a Wetland Reserve Project conservation easement on the property owned by Russell and Jan Winje north of Lake City, California. The project offers an excellent opportunity to restore both the hydrology to wetlands and to restore a stream channel and associated riparian habitat on portions of the property. Audubon California would like to be a partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on this proposed project and would be willing to contribute up to $20,000 toward the acquisition of a perpetual conservation easement.

The property lies within Audubon California’s identified Surprise Valley Important Bird area and we have confirmed the presence of a number of bird species on the Winje’s property, including Sandhill Crane (nesting) and Long-billed Curlew. In addition, the property links with the Upper Alkali Lake which provides excellent habitat for Western Snowy Plover, America Avocet, Black-necked Stilt. Finally, restoring wetlands on the Winje’s property would also provide nesting and foraging habitat for a number of dabbling duck species and other waterbirds.

We look forward to working with NRCS on this project. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Graham Chisholm
Deputy State Director & Conservation Director

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