Creative conservation solutions to land and water management challenges in the Tulare Basin offer enormous public benefits for residents, visitors, and future generations. Through the Tulare Basin Regional Conservation Plan, Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners (TBWP) proposes innovative approaches that will support thriving natural and human communities and improve the quality of life for all who live in or visit this special place.
In terms of ecological services, implementing conservation strategies to protect and restore land and water in Tulare Basin will yield an immense public bounty. These measures will safeguard water quality and supply, reduce flooding, and increase groundwater recharge areas, all of which help to mitigate impacts from climate change or even from seasonal fluctuations. In addition, conserving and restoring native habitat will improve air quality, creating healthier conditions for those that breathe the air in one of the nations most polluted air basins. Protecting wildlife habitat will also help recover populations of endangered species and avoid future endangered species listings.
Conserving land and water in the Tulare Basin enhances educational experiences for our children, maintains scenic vistas, and provides recreational opportunities for families. With rapidly growing urban areas, people need open space where scenic beauty provides opportunities to replenish the soul. In some places, TBWP will partner with agencies and others to increase public lands to provide residents and visitors with additional recreation and education opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, photography, bird watching, hunting, and learning more about this important place.
Planning appropriately to conserve critical farmland and ranchland ensures a reliable supply of food and other commodities. Coupled with conservation and restoration measures, the rural character of the Tulare Basin's communities can be protected and enhanced such that the local economy benefits through increased business opportunities and tourism dollars.