What you should know
- Protected animals have room to roam without threatening development thanks to a huge new nature reserve.
- It creates a wildlife corridor that connects Northern and Southern California.
- The Randall Preserve covers more than 112 square miles.
Mountain lions, eagles, salamanders and other protected animals will have room to roam without threat to development thanks to a huge new wildlife sanctuary that connects a wildlife corridor between northern and southern California.
Randall Preserve spans more than 112 square miles, connecting a patchwork of ranch land across the southern Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains that will serve as a “biodiversity hotspot,” the Nature Conservancy announced last week.
The reservation is the largest ever established in California by the nonprofit environmental organization. Its topography ranges from desert to hilly grassland to pine forests.
“This area is also one of the most significant in North America as, by connecting Northern and Southern California, it helps complete an intact network of open spaces from Canada to Mexico,” the Nature Conservancy said in a statement.
The project cost $ 65 million, with all but $ 15 million donated by philanthropists Frank and Joan Randall.
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It will enable the movement of rare, threatened, and endangered animals that are at risk from habitat loss, fragmentation, and extreme climate events.
“Protecting this vast area ensures that 28 sensitive species across California, including slender salamanders, condors, legless lizards, golden eagles, primrose sphinx moths, mountain lions, badgers, and several critically endangered plants and blue oaks, have the best chance.” Survive, “the statement said.
As part of the reserve, the Nature Conservancy said it will work with state transportation officials to create a system of wildlife crossings over and under some mountain roads to further facilitate the safe movement of animals through the area.
In addition to the Randall’s money, the reserve has been funded by public and private donors including the Wildlife Conservation Board, Department of The Navy, CalTrans, Resources Legacy Fund, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.