Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Migration Corridor

Project #: 1724  –   Updated: February 17, 2010

Project Summary

This regional project protects the Wheeler Ridge Migration Corridor for the Round Valley mule deer herd and many other species dependent on this ecosystem. The Eastern Sierra Land trust is working with willing landowners as well as California State agencies to preserve these lands through voluntary conservation easements and acquisitions.

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Location (by county):
Mono County (CA)

Watersheds:
Crowley Lake

Congressional Districts:
CA District 08

Bird Conservation Regions:
Great Basin

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Southwest Region

Project size:
105.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Migration Corridor Yes

Full Project Description

This regional project protects the Wheeler Ridge Migration Corridor for the Round Valley mule deer herd and many other species dependent on this ecosystem. The Eastern Sierra Land trust is working with willing landowners as well as California State agencies to preserve these lands through voluntary conservation easements and acquisitions.

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Funding

Funding may be necessary for future conservation easement purchase or acquisitions.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

Provide a safe migration corridor for the Round Valley Mule Deer herd and other wildlife between their seasonal ranges using voluntary conservation easements on private lands, partnerships with government agencies, and acquisitions where feasible. As opportunities for new conservation easements arise in the Swall Meadows, Aspen Springs, and Crowley communities, the ESLT will work with and educate private landowners about the benefits of and opportunities for easements.
Progress:

At this time four conservation easements are in place in addition to the acquisition of the Crowley Hilltop Preserve, totaling 105 acres of preserved land.

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Alpine and Subalpine Habitats (Meadows, Parklands and Shrublands)
      • Shrublands and Steppe

Targeted species:

  • Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus
  • Cougar Puma concolor

Actions

Project Actions
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Assistance

Direct Funding
Multiple Landowners (Private Individual) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Annual monitoring of conservation easements.

What additional information would you like to share?

The Wheeler Ridge Migration Corridor is an ongoing project, if you are a landowner in this area and would like more information or are interested in pursuing a conservation easement please contact the Land Trust.

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Organization

Eastern Sierra Land Trust
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Karen Ferrell-Ingram  (Executive Director)
Eastern Sierra Land Trust
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Partners

  • California Wildlife Conservation Board
  • California Department of Fish & Game

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