A strategic mission and vision guides the work of Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners, providing the foundation for its conservation and restoration projects in the Tulare Basin.
Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners facilitate the engagement of partners, funders, and stakeholders in multi-benefit projects to promote ecological and economic health, sustain our agricultural heritage, and enhance the quality of life in the Tulare Basin for current and future generations.
Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners aim to preserve our natural heritage and improve the quality of life for all Californians by conserving and restoring critical Tulare Basin upland, wetland, and riparian habitats for people and wildlife. Wildlife corridors, along mighty rivers and scenic creeks, wind from the Sierra Nevada, Transverse and Coast Range mountains to the historic Tulare Lakebed in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley. Restored wetland, upland and riparian habitat, connected along these corridors, provides a healthy, regional watershed that mitigates the effects of climate change, offers abundant, clean water, recharges groundwater, and stores flood water, protecting thriving local towns. An abundance of wildlife, including more than 100 species of sensitive plants and animals, flourish in the surrounding open space where wildlife-friendly farms and ranches showcase the region’s rich agricultural heritage and diverse farming operations. Scenic vistas and natural areas offer recreational opportunities for families, enhance educational experiences for our children, and increase business and tourism opportunities for residents and visitors.
WHERE WE WORK
Located in California's southern San Joaquin Valley, the Tulare Basin encompasses portions of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties. Here, more than 16 rivers and creeks flow from surrounding mountains into the Basin’s lakes and wetlands. The watershed is bounded on the north by the San Joaquin River. The western boundary is the crest of the Inner Coast Range. The eastern boundary is the crest of the Sierra Nevada. The southern boundary is the crest of the Tehachapi range. This watershed is approximately 134 miles east to west, 163 miles north to south, covers almost 22,000 square miles, and ranges in elevation from 163 feet above sea level at Mendota Pool to 14,505 feet on the summit of Mt. Whitney.