Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes Delivers $15 Million for the Preservation of Jurupa Mountain
Jurupa Valley, CA – Today, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) presented a $15 million dollar grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) on behalf of the State Natural Resources Agency. The grant was secured through the 2019-2020 State Budget and will be used to acquire habitat land for the preservation of native landscapes and wildlife in the Jurupa Mountain area in the City of Jurupa Valley.
“The preservation of Jurupa Mountain is a necessary step towards our environmental efforts to protect our region’s natural habitats, species, and providing our community with adequate open spaces for future generations to enjoy. I am proud to work with the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and look forward to the benefits this grant will provide our region,” said Assemblymember Cervantes.
The RCA oversees the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP), the largest habitat conservation plan in the nation. So far, more than 81% of the land needed for the 500,000-acre MSHCP has already been acquired to protect 146 native plant and animal species, including 33 endangered and threatened species. Charles Landry, Executive Director of the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority was present to receive the symbolic check on behalf of RCA.
“Over 400,000 acres of the MSHCP’s conservation land has already been secured and we are actively engaged in acquiring new properties to complete the Plan,” said RCA Executive Director Charles Landry. “The continued support of local legislators like Assemblymember Cervantes is critical to achieving our goal of preserving the natural beauty of Western Riverside County for future generations while providing long-term protection to native plants and animals.”
Also present was Jurupa Valley City Councilwoman Lorena Barajas, the city’s representative on the RCA Board of Directors.
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Sabrina Cervantes proudly represents the 60th District of the California State Assembly, which encompasses the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, a portion of Riverside, and the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, and Home Gardens. Cervantes serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.
Contact: Cassandra Kester