Land conservancy formed for Carrizo Plain

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Updated: 7/18/2014 11:20 am

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A large swath of the Carrizo Plain, California's largest native grassland, is the focus of a newly formed group of wildlife advocates.

The Carrizo Plain Conservancy will devote its resources to 36,000 acres that are now permanently protected for conservation purposes around two commercial-scale solar plants in California Valley.

As part of the environmental mitigation for the plants, the solar companies are required to preserve lands surrounding the facilities.

Neil Havlik, president of the conservancy, tells the San Luis Obispo Tribune ( ) that his group plans to seek grants to restore wildlife in the area.

It also plans to acquire land from willing sellers to increase the amount of conservation acreage.

The Carrizo Plain is home to endangered species including San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rats and pronghorn antelope.

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