The project is the purchase of a conservation easeement on 1,362 acres of the historic Topping Ranch; the Sierra Foothill Conservancy is requesting $875,890 in funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy's Grand Program for the purchase. The major objectives for this project are to: 1) protect the physical, cultural, and natural resources of Topping Ranch; 2) expand land conservation and connectivity within the Fine Gold Creek Drainage and the San Joaquin River Corridor; and 3) preserve the viability of a working ranch and the local ranching infrastructure and economy.
Acquisition of lands for wildlife conservation purposes. The establishment of agricultural preserves, the making and renewing of open space contracts under the Williamson Act, or the acceptance of easements or fee interests in order to maintain the open space character of the area. The transfers of ownership of interests in order to preserve open space, which consists of the transfers of ownership of interests in land in order to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources.