Project Description and Location
The 4,400 acre property, formerly known as the Stevenson Ranch, is in the southern portion of a large block of land in the Mt. Hamilton Range which was identified by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a high priority for protection through land acquisition and conservation easements. In 2000 TNC purchased the property, anticipating re-sale to Department of Fish and Game (now Department of Fish and Wildlife). In February 2001, the land was purchased by DFW. Approximately 200 acres of the property, including the portion with the existing ranch headquarters, were transferred to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) as an entrance point into Henry Coe State Park. DFW has designated the remaining 4,200 acres as the Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve (CDLO ER). The property is located approximately 15 miles east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County, at the end of Jamieson Road.
Management will focus on maintaining viable populations of sensitive species and their habitats and on the restoration and enhancement of natural communities within an ecosystem-based framework. Emphasis will be placed on the protection of riparian and wetland areas, restoration and enhancement of native grassland, and the control of noxious weeds. Prescription grazing and the ecological use of fire may be employed.
The primary public use of the property will be as a site for a youth outdoor education program as well as other public use opportunities. Outdoor education programs will be designed to educate young people about ecological processes and values, habitat protection and enhancement, and wildlife management issues. They will provide hands-on experience to youth and adult volunteers through the implementation of management and monitoring projects. Informal public access will not be allowed.
Initial Study / Negative Declaration
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as the lead agency, prepared and adopted a Negative Declaration for the proposed project, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State CEQA Guidelines.
Public Review Period
The Initial Study/Negative Declaration was circulated for public review and comment for a period of 30 days, from October 26, to November 26, 2005.
Copies of the Land Management Plan may be reviewed at the regional office Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:45 pm:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Field Office
20 Lower Ragsdale Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940