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Federal grants to preserve SCV threatened species’ habitat

Posted: September 27, 2012 7:06 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2012 7:06 p.m.

Part of a canyon just south of Acton is slated to be purchased with federal grant money to preserve habitat for endangered wildlife and plants, officials with the California Department of Fish and Game announced this week.

California received $1.5 million in federal Recovery Land Acquisition Grants to acquire habitat for threatened and endangered species associated with approved recovery plans.

The Arrastre Canyon project is one of those recovery plans.

Arrastre Canyon, about one mile south of Acton and just south of Soledad Canyon Road, is home to unarmored three-spine stickleback, Southwestern willow flycatcher, California red-legged frog and arroyo toad.

“I’m very pleased with this news,” said local environmentalist Sandra Cattell, local representative of the Sierra Club.

“Fish and Game is actually going to help protect endangered species in the Santa Clarita Valley,” she said.

“Obviously, when you preserve the breeding grounds of these species you’re obviously going to help the endangered species.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards to states annual competitive grants from the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund. The grants are authorized by Section 6 of the federal Endangered Species Act.
This year, close to $33 million was granted to 21 states.




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