Our 22 Covered Species

Bank Swallow

Scientific Name:
Riparia riparia

Status:
State-listed as threatened

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Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name:
Athene cunicularia

Status:
California species of special concern

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Cackling Goose

Scientific Name:
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia

Status:
Removed from the endangered species list in 2001

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White-Faced Ibis

Scientific Name:
Plegadis chihi

Status:
California species of special concern

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Western Spadefoot Toad

Scientific Name:
Spea hammondii

Status:
California species of special concern

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Northwestern Pond Turtle

Scientific Name:
Emys marmorata marmorata

Status:
California species of special concern

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Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Lepidurus packardi

Status:
Federally listed as endangered

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Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta lynchi

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle

Scientific Name:
Desmocerus californicus dimorphous

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Tricolored Blackbird

Scientific Name:
Agelaius tricolor

Status:
California species of special concern

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Swainson's Hawk

Scientific Name:
Buteo swainsoni

Status:
State-listed as Threatened

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Slender Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia tenuis

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as threatened

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Sanford's Arrowhead

Scientific Name:
Sagittaria sanfordii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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Sacramento Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia viscida

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as endangered

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Midvalley Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta mesovallensis

Status:
None

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Loggerhead Shrike

Scientific Name:
Lanius ludovicianus

Status:
California species of special concern

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Legenere

Scientific Name:
Legenere limosa

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.1

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Giant Garter Snake

Scientific Name:
Thamnophis gigas

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Delta Tule Pea

Scientific Name:
Lathyrus jepsonii var. jepsonii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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California Tiger Salamander

Scientific Name:
Ambystoma californiense

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Colusa Grass

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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Boggs Lake Hedge-hyssop

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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cattails_r The mission of The Natomas Basin Conservancy is to promote biological conservation along with economic development and the continuation of agriculture in the Natomas Basin. The Habitat Conservation Plan establishes a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected loss of habitat values and take of protected species that would result from urban development, operation irrigation and drainage systems, and rice farming. The goal of the Habitat Conservation Plan is to preserve, restore, and enhance habitat values in the Natomas Basin while allowing urban development to proceed according to local land use plans.

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Covered SpeciesThe Conservancy, acting as Plan Operator for the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), and the Metro Air Park Habitat Conservation Plan (MAPHCP), is charged with the conservation and protection of the 22 species “covered” by both Habitat Conservation Plans and Incidental Take Permits. These Covered Species are cataloged in a publication produced by the Conservancy. The Covered Species catalog is available at no cost as a free download. It is useful as an educational tool for field personnel, consultants, visitors, researchers and others with a general interest in the NBHCP and MAPHCP.

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Conservancy’s Annual Audit for year-ended December 31, 2014

audit 2014With another “clean opinion” from its auditors, the Conservancy’s Board of Directors moved to accept the audited financial statements for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2014. The Conservancy’s auditor for the 2014 audit report was Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Sacramento.

Gilbert met with the Conservancy’s Audit Committee, including independently. The Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the auditor’s report be accepted. The Board action took place at the Board of Director’s April 1, 2015 meeting. Under California’s Non-Profit Integrity Act of 2004, an audit of annual financial statements is required. An annual audit is also required by the 2003 Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan. Audits of Conservancy financial statements are posted on the Conservancy’s web site dating back to 1999 (see “Helpful Documents > Annual Reports & Audited Financial Statements“).

 

2015 Grower Meeting

2015 Grower MeetingIn order to keep the lines of communication open between the Conservancy and its tenant farmers, the Conservancy recently completed its 2015 meeting with growers. The key topics for the meeting included compliance with water quality regulations, updates to the Conservancy’s site-specific management plans and new lease structure and format for 2015. A great deal of discussion took place regarding the drought and expected reduced water supplies during the growing season, and the increased use of Conservancy groundwater wells for water supplies.

Conservancy tenant farmers are required to comply with the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP). This includes farming in ways that maximize the benefit of the farm for the benefit of the NBHCP’s “Covered Species,” including the Swainson’s Hawk and Giant Garter Snake among others.

A number of crops are grown on a certain portion of Conservancy mitigation land. By far the largest is rice, which is dedicated mostly to providing mitigation for the Giant Garter Snake. Also produced is alfalfa, squash, onions, safflower, sunflower, milo and various non-rice grains (oats, rye, barley, etc.). A limited amount of cattle grazing also supports agricultural diversity on Conservancy mitigation land.

Dan Silva was elected as the new TNBC Board Chair

D.Silva new TNBC Board ChairmanDan Silva was elected Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the Conservancy at its recent Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Silva has been on the Conservancy’s Board since 2010. He is a former Sutter County Supervisor, a principal organizer of the Yuba-Sutter Farmer’s Market, and a walnut farmer.

He is the fourth Board Chair to have served the Conservancy, following Danelle Stylos, David Christophel and Anne Rudin. Silva replaces Stylos as Board Chair.

The Board also elected Davin Norene to be the Board’s Vice Chair, Charee Thurman as Treasurer, and re-elected Christophel as Corporate Secretary. John Roberts was re-elected as Assistant Secretary.


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