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Central Valley / Coastal California - More Information

Details and background information on the DU's second-largest conservation priority area
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Assumptions

  • Human population growth will present significant challenges for waterfowl conservation in coming decades.
    Energy is the primary nutritional requirement of waterfowl in the non-breeding period.
  • Water quality and quantity issues must be addressed to secure waterfowl's future in the Central Valley.
  • Anadromous fish issues must be addressed to assure adequate water supplies are available for wetlands and agricultural lands that can provide benefits to wildlife.

Strategies

  • Prioritize wetland restoration as the core of DU’s programs.
  • Support agricultural uses that are compatible with wetland conservation and waterfowl use, especially in the most threatened areas.
  • Develop and implement agricultural production techniques that create sustainable agricultural practices that benefit wildlife.
  • Secure water policies and allocations favorable to fish and wildlife.
  • Reconnect true hydrologic linkages, such as floodplains and riparian habitat systems.
  • Develop and apply evaluation methods to ensure that current and future wetland restoration efforts result in functioning wetland ecosystems.
  • Complete the interactive GIS land use planning process to help prioritize key landscapes and complexes for protection or restoration. Implement general usage of this model in normal planning activities.
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