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Open Habitat for Bighorn Sheep by Jackie Devereaux

Open Habitat for Bighorn Sheep.. 4 Protecting Homeowners.............. 5 Letters to the Editor..................... 5 Music.......................................... .6 Living Longer............................... 7 Garden Guru................................. 8 How safe are we?........................ 9 Body, Mind & Spirit.................... 10 The Edible Desert....................... 11 Cats in Crisis....................... 12-13 Nite Life............................... 14-15 Calendar.................................... 16 The Mosh Pit.............................. 17 Astrological Affects................... 18 Crossword.................................. 19 Classifieds................................. 20

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Salton Sea, CA – Animal protectionists and environmental groups are popping champagne corks celebrating a recent land purchase that helps the endangered big horn sheep, other wildlife and sensitive desert habitat. A 2,105-acre desert ranch property, divided into two parcels, will be purchased in two phases. The first phase a 1,342 acre parcel located near the Salton Sea was once owned by timber billionaire Tim Blixseth. It has been designated as open habitat and “not just for the big horn sheep, it’s a balanced conservation effort in the valley,” said Kevin McKernan, executive director of the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy. The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Desert Mountains obtained the properties that were offered to be sold to the highest bidder, McKernan said, noting that both

properties were slated for development before the 2008 market collapse. The two non-profits were able to respond faster than both the state and federal governments could in acquiring the lands. The larger property encompasses part of the ancient shoreline of Lake Cahuilla, a prehistoric lake larger than the Salton Sea that was an extension of the Sea of Cortez and reached the city of La Quinta, he said. Blixseth, a former charismatic Rancho Mirage resident and swanky socialite, owned the two properties consisting of another 763 acre parcel located west of State Highway 86 near the lake’s northwest shore. The larger property was purchased for $2.9 million with funds acquired under Proposition 84, an initiative passed by California voters in 2006. The acquired land lies within the

Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and was deeded to the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission, an agency that oversees multiple species protection plans. The lands will be managed “co-operatively” with the Department of Fish and Game. Purchase of the additional 763 acres should be complete by Sept. 2012, McKernan said. These lands lie at the mouth of Sheep Canyon adjacent to Martinez Canyon. Both parcels lie on an alluvial fan, a plain created at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains from minerals, salts and runoff water carried over centuries, making this an important habitat for big horn sheep and other wildlife native to the region, McKernan said. According to experts, this alluvial fan is part of a network of fans that make up the entire Coachella Valley.

Desert Star May 31, 2012  

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