Government, working with environmentalists, is very good at creating tools to enable its environmental policies, and this post from Exurbia Chronicles is an examination of one of those.
“Increasingly, since the California Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947 (Section 1300-1301), the state has been acquiring land and facilities for the purpose of preserving, protecting and restoring wildlife and providing suitable recreation and use of fish and game resources for the people of the state of California.
“The preservation, protection and restoration of wildlife within the State is an inseparable part of providing adequate recreation for our people in the interest of public welfare; and it is the policy of the State to acquire and restore to the highest possible level, and maintain in a state of high productivity, those areas that can be most successfully used to sustain wildlife and which will provide adequate and suitable recreation. To carry out these purposes, a single and coordinated program for the acquisition of lands and facilities suitable for recreational purposes, and adaptable for conservation, propagation, and utilization of the fish and game resources of the State, is established.”
“Furthermore, in the Fish and Game Code, Section 1375,
“The board may act either independently or may cooperate with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior, or any other federal agency in determining any of the questions referred to in this chapter, or in the acquisition and construction of any of the projects mentioned in this chapter.”
“The ratio of private to public land ownership crossed an important threshold in 1991when new data from the US Census Bureau revealed that 52.1% of the land in California was now owned by state or federal government entities. Today, land acquisition by transfer of private property to the state, federal government or non-governmental conservation groups and trusts continues to be a main focus with one added dimension–Connectivity. With the state’s emphasis on smart growth, sustainable development, and wildlife biodiversity strategies, connectivity has been identified as a key catalyst for new land acquisitions.”