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Semitropic Ecological Reserve


The Semitropic Ecological Reserve is approximately 14,900 acres. Vegetative communities are primarily non-native grassland, shadscale scrub, and alkali sink scrub. Numerous sensitive species are known to inhabit Northern Semitropic Ridge.

The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2007. It is comprised of several parcels that were acquired as mitigation for the loss of habitat of threatened and endangered species in the San Joaquin Valley. This mitigation was required for permits issued under the Federal Endangered Species Act and the California Endangered Species Act, associated with the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan. The property is managed passively as natural lands, though past use includes grazing of livestock.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office at (559) 243-4005 x151.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing

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.

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)

Kern County

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