Monday, December 21, 2009

Major Land Acquisition of Vasco Caves

Park District Adds Major land acquisition to vasco caves regional preserve near BYRON



At their December 15, 2009 meeting, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors
unanimously agreed to purchase 1,644 acres adjacent to Vasco Caves Regional Preserve in the Byron area of unincorporated Contra Costa County. The property, which is just north of Vasco Caves and east of Los Vaqueros Reservoir, is being acquired through a partnership with the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy (Conservancy). This acquisition is the Park District’s fourth joint project with the Conservancy, which was created to identify, preserve and restore high priority land areas with significant habitat for protected species...The property includes rolling grasslands with intermittent streams and ponds. It is of particular interest to the Conservancy because of the potential for the creation, enhancement and restoration of wetlands and special status species habitat including the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog and western burrowing owl...Vasco Acquisition Map (Acrobat PDF) .pictures courtesy of GAMBOLIN MAN...story by east bay parks...

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