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Calaveras Mulls Oak Plan

San Andreas, CA — An oak woodland plan that would open up grant opportunities is under review by Calaveras County officials.

Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will hold a study session on the Voluntary Oak Woodland Management Plan.

The purpose of the plan is to have voluntary protection guidelines for oak conservation planning and use of oak woodland habitats in Calaveras County.

Having such a plan in place would allow the county to receive grants through the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board for purchase of oak woodland easements and restoration projects.

The new policy is intended to compliment the Oak Conservation Ordinance, which is currently under development.

According to plan documents, Calaveras County has 159,000 acres of hardwood habitat, 89 percent of which are privately owned.

Written by Vanessa Turner.