The Conservancy’s latest land acquisition is the 148-acre “Tufts” tract. The property lies west of U.S. Highway 99, north of Elverta Road and in the Sacramento County portion of the Basin. It is the first acquisition for 2004.
The acquisition assists with reserve consolidation in the Conservancy’s Central Basin Reserve Area. It also assists the Conservancy meet its requirement of having 50 percent of all properties in rice. The Conservancy’s biological monitoring efforts have yielded giant garter snake activity in the water conveyance structures in this area for two years in a row.