Rangeland Watershed Initiative
About 50% of future viable habitat for birds and other wildlife in California will be on private lands. Private lands often have the best soils, the most water, and the best growing seasons. Point Blue's Rangeland Watershed Initiative embraces the huge potential for conservation on food-producing lands in California.
Point Blue is collaborating with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), several other partners, and ranchers to improve foothill rangeland health in the Sacramento Valley.
As part of this initiative, we have a team of partner biologists who work hand-in-hand with NRCS conservationists and ranchers to promote practices that are good for producers and wildlife. Over the next five years, we intend to enhance 1.1 million acres of California’s grazing lands—increasing natural water storage equivalent to two Hetch Hetchy reservoirs and sequestering millions of tons of atmospheric carbon.
We're also participating in the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition.
By working together with ranchers and NRCS, we can learn how to increase soil water retention in foothill watersheds, improve water supply reliability downstream, enhance ranching productivity, and expand riparian and wetland habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.