|Holidays come early for Hillsides Conservancy
VHC receives Grant Award
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the award of more than $19 million to support 24 conservation projects benefiting fish and wildlife on more than 5,900 acres of coastal habitats in twelve states in the U.S. through the 2011 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. These federal grants will be matched by over $21 million in partner contributions from state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups.
"Our Nation's coastal wetlands encompass large areas of vital habitat for countless species of wildlife while providing important economic resources and recreational opportunities for the American people," Secretary Ken Salazar said. "These grants will offer additional protection, restoration, and enhancement of these precious habitats."
The California Coastal Conservancy, in partnership with the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, was awarded $1 million to help acquire and permanently protect 52 acres of property in the upper Ventura River Estuary in the City of Ventura, California. The total project cost is $1,604,500.
VHC Executive Director Matt Sayles: "The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is honored to have received funding for our ongoing efforts to aid in the ecological restoration of the Ventura River Estuary. With 90% of California's coastal estuaries gone, we are thrilled to continue to see momentum building in the Ventura River for the protection of this invaluable habitat.
Partnering with the USFWS and the State Coastal Conservancy helps draw attention to the importance of our efforts towards estuarine protection and the creation of a Lower Ventura River Parkway. With the ongoing assistance of our team in the watershed, we look into 2011 with optimism and excitement for our shared efforts. Thanks to the USFWS and everyone involved!"
Let's carry this momentum into 2011! Come join us at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, @ Poinsettia Pavilion Feb. 25-26!
From now through the end of December if you join the conservancy as a $35 a year member you will receive 2 free film festival tickets for whichever day you choose. If you join at the $50 dollar level (or more) you get 4 tickets. Already a member? Buy a gift membership for a friend and they'll get two tickets and you'll earn a free ticket for yourself! You can all go to the movies together!
This offer is only available online at www.venturahillsides.org or by calling the office at 805-643-8044. A representative will note your ticket preference. Tickets, a member sticker and a welcome letter will be sent to gift recipients. Gifts are tax deductible.