Easement funding approved to conserve Sacramento Valley habitat

by Meghan Fought, Regional Biologist

Ducks Unlimited recently received approval for funding through the California Wildlife Conservation Board to purchase a conservation easement on the C & P Duck Company property.

The C & P Duck Company property consists of 313 acres of agricultural wetlands (rice lands) in the Sutter Basin portion of California’s Sacramento Valley.  It is located immediately east of Sutter National Wildlife Refuge and immediately south of a 1,338-acre contiguous block of rice lands permanently protected by easements that are held by Wetlands America Trust (WAT).

WAT provides specialized financial and philanthropic support to Ducks Unlimited and holds the fiduciary responsibility for DU’s endowment and land holdings. WAT is also one of the nation’s largest accredited land trusts, holding conservation easements on more than 400,000 acres.

This project will permanently protect 313 acres of rice lands from development or conversion to permanent crops and keep them in wildlife-friendly agriculture or habitat in perpetuity to benefit Pacific Flyway waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. 

C&P Duck Company comprises 313 acres of rice fields.
View of Sutter National Wildlife Refuge from C&P Duck Company