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Alameda City Prepares for Phase One of Navy Land Transfer

The City of Alameda is progressing towards conveyance of the former Naval Air Station Alameda.

The City of Alameda is progressing towards conveyance of the former Naval Air Station Alameda.


By Erica Madison

The City of Alameda is well on its way to acquiring the 1,704 acres of U.S. Navy land and in preparation of the first phase of the transfer the city has entered into an agreement to provide predatory management for the endangered subspecies California Least Tern.

The California Least Tern is a bird that breeds in the bays of the Pacific Ocean around Southern California and the San Francisco Bay. Their breeding process starts in late April and ends in mid-June. The City of Alameda has entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The plan was developed by the city’s ecological consultant, H.T. Harvey & Associates.

According to the plan, the city is responsible for making sure USDA officials have access to inspect buildings for nests of predators of the California Least Tern, provide park rangers to survey Northwest Territories for avian and mammalian predators from March 25 through August 7 at a minimum of twenty hours a week.

The cost to fund this program is $24,500. The majority of the funding will come from the U.S. Navy’s building lease fund. The United States Department of Agriculture is under a three-year contract with the U.S. Navy for the predatory management. This contract will be transferred to City of Alameda. Alameda will initially put up $5,000, but is responsible for the entire amount indefinitely. If the U.S. Navy’s reserve funds become exhausted, the City is responsible for either taking over the funding or finding a private entity to fund the program.

Part of this environmental agreement also includes working with the Veterans Administration to control lighting measures. This will reduce lighting during California Least Tern breeding seasons from March 25th to August 1st.

 

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