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State budget deficit puts final $5.5 mil grant for Tiburon open space purchase on hold

Updated: May 30

The California Wildlife Conservation Board has tentatively granted $5.5 million toward local efforts to preserve 110 acres of private land on the southern Tiburon ridge as open space — though the pledge is now contingent on Sacramento addressing the state’s $27.6-billion budget deficit.


Conservation board members voted 6-0 on May 23, with one absence, to conditionally award the grant to the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land, though assuming funds aren’t cut entirely, they’re frozen until the state Legislature passes California’s fiscal 2024-2025 budget.

“These projects have been conditionally approved but will not move forward until funding is available, at which point we can execute agreements and disperse funds,” board Executive Director Jennifer Norris told The Ark in reference to all grants of more than $1 million and sourced from the general fund.

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