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Four of five Sutter County seats on the Nature Conservancy Board are vacant
February 13, 2020
Picture of a White Faced Ibis

Sutter County holds five seats on the Board of Directors of a non-profit agency that conserves land to protect plant and animal species in south Sutter County and north Sacramento, in mitigation of urban development.

Four of the seats are currently vacant, however the Sutter County Board of Supervisors is soliciting candidates for appointment from among Sutter County residents, particularly those with a background or interest in environmental sciences, nature conservation, engineering, finance, or agriculture. The only qualification is that a person be willing to serve.

The Natomas Basin Conservancy was established in 1994 to implement the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan on behalf of the City of Sacramento and the County of Sutter. Under the plan, developers of the Natomas Basin in south Sutter County and north Sacramento are required to set aside one acre of land for nature conservation for every two acres they develop.

Developers do this by paying fees to the conservancy used to acquire and maintain habitat for 22 plant and animal species. Those species are the:

  • Aleutian Canada goose
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Giant Garter snake
  • White-faced ibis
  • Bank swallow
  • Tricolored blackbird
  • Northwestern pond turtle
  • Valley elderberry longhorn beetle
  • Delta tule pea
  • Sanford’s arrowhead
  • Loggerhead shrike
  • Burrowing owl
  • Vernal pool fairy shrimp
  • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp
  • Midvalley fairy shrimp
  • California tiger salamander
  • Western spadefoot toad
  • Colusa grass
  • Boggs Lake hedge-hyssop
  • Sacramento Orcutt grass
  • Legenere

Several developments have already occurred in the Natomas Basin in north Sacramento, and some are expected to begin soon in southern Sutter County.

The Board of Directors of the Conservancy meets on the first Wednesday in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Board members are compensated at a rate of $100 per meeting. Board members must be willing to file a State of California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statement of Economic Interests-Form 700.

Applications for this, and a number of other boards and commissions, can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 1160 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City, CA 95993, or from the county website at:

Photo of white faced ibis, one of several species which benefit from the Natomas Basin Conservancy, by By Alan Vernon - White faced Ibis, CC BY 2.0,