DU makes conservation history in California

Some of California's top conservation and political officials will be in American Canyon, Calif., Aug. 25 to join DU and partners in celebrating the final phase of one of the largest tidal restoration projects in our nation's history.

The Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Restoration Project, American Canyon, funded by the state of California and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has supported more than 100 jobs and has infused more than $13 million into the local economy. The project will provide recreational opportunities for the San Francisco Bay Area's 7 million residents as well as habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and endangered fish. This area, once off-limits to the general public, will be open for public use in the future and provides a multitude of benefits for people and wildlife alike.

This 1,400-acre tidal restoration project joins 5,000 acres DU previously restored from former salt evaporation ponds in the Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area.

"No other tidal project matches this one in sheer size and number of people benefitted," said Mark Biddlecomb, director of DU's Western Regional Office. "Thanks to a collaborative effort between DU, the California Department of Fish and Game and our partners, the Bay Area will boast a 6,400-acre expanse of vibrant habitat for wildlife as well as an ideal recreational spot for Bay Area residents. This work is a terrific example of DU's conservation mission coming to fruition in a big way."