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Kerman Ecological Reserve


Kerman Ecological Reserve is approximately 1,800 acres. The principal habitat type is annual grassland, though northern claypan vernal pool and alkali desert scrub habitats also occur on this site. Animal species known or suspected to occur at the reserve include waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, lizards, snakes, hare, coyote, badger, and ground squirrel.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting with shotgun (seasonal)

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

The property was designated an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1990. The purpose of the acquisition was to protect annual grasslands. Past land uses include cattle grazing and management as a waterfowl hunting area. In addition, drainage water from adjacent agricultural operations was historically spilled onto and across the reserve. This land was formerly the property of Mendota Irrigation District, which permitted relatively unrestricted public use of the land.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

Kerman County

Directions: Hwy 180, 10 miles east of Mendota. Hwy 180 passes through reserve.

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