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Promoting habitat restoration on private lands in the Pajaro Valley

Modified: Monday, Mar 18th, 2013

Kaley Grimland, wetland restoration project manager, shows where workers recently implemented an extensive wetlands restoration project at the Triple M Ranch in Los Lomas. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

LAS LOMAS On a 195-acre ranch in the heart of Las Lomas, conservationists and farmers are demonstrating that unlike the famous Odd Couple from classic television, Felix and Oscar, protected creatures like the California red-legged frog and growers can live in harmony.

The Triple-M ranch, located one-mile upstream from the upper Elkhorn Slough, is the site of a 40-acre voluntary wetland restoration project that aims to protect and enhance the habitat of protected species known to breed in the area the California Red-legged frog and the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander. A third state endangered species the California Tiger Salamander is assumed to inhabit the ranch as it was observed on an adjacent property.

Ten years in the making, the restoration project is the first in California to receive a state issued Safe Harbor Agreement by the California Department of Fish and Game. The designation is important as it ensures the landowner does not face regulatory action if, in the course of covered conservation management activities, a listed species is accidentally harmed or killed.

For the complete article see the 03-19-2013 issue.

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