Butte Creek Conservation Projects
Project: Butte Creek Conservation Easement
PArtners: Pacific Forest Trust; California Wildlife Conservation Board
Commencing in 2015, the Hart Ranch made the Butte Creek Property subject to and protected under a conservation easement that integrates sustainable timber management and meadow habitat restoration with the Hart Ranch's overall mission of building a sustainable, holistic property stewardship program.
For more information on this venture, please refer to the link listed below:
Project: Butte Creek Safe Harbor Agreement
Signed in June 2019 after a mandatory posting on the Federal Registrar for a public comment period , the Hart’s entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the Northern Spotted Owl and Gray Wolf. This agreement will bind the signees for a term of 50-years, with the option for extension(s). For the full document, please reference the link to the Federal Register posting below:
Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta Consistency Determination
Partner: California Department of Fish & Wildlife
This agreement complements the Little Shasta SHA and allows for further management options best suited for the habitat. For more information on Consistency Determinations, please see the link below:
Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta ranch management plan
Partners: Meridian environmental, inc.; the nature conservancy; California department of fish & wildlife; california north coast Regional water quality control board
This dynamic document is an in-depth layout of the following;
Environmental features (species cataloging, vegetation, habitats, water rights, etc.)
Current ranching operations
Proposed management operations
Impacts of current and proposed management
Avoidance and Minimization Measures
Finalized in August 2016, this document is a pivotal part of the Ranch’s Little Shasta SHA and will continue to serve as the formal outline of the Ranch’s resource and species management strategy.
Little Shasta Conservation Projects
project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta Safe Harbor AGreement
Partners: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - National Marine Fisheries SErvice; California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Working with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Hart’s entered into a SHA for the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon / Northern California Coast coho salmon. The Hart Ranch is proud to be managing its farming and ranching activities under the agreement granted by NOAA in February 2018 and recognizes the importance of balancing those activities with wildlife health and habitat enhancement.
Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta in-stream flow enhancement project
Partners: california trout, INC.; the nature conservancy; united states fish & wildlife services; cA DEPARTMENT of Fish & Wildlife; noaa fisheries; ca wildlife conservation board; UC davis center for watershed sciences
This is a current project we are on-boarding, with multiple prongs. Primary objectives include the following;
In-stream water dedication
Fish passage barrier removal
Riparian habitat enhancement
Agricultural water conveyance efficiency improvements
Wet meadow, soil and forage enhancement
As this project progresses, more information will be made available.
More coming soon!