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Habitat Restoration

Current Projects

Yolo Creek and Community Partnership

Partner funding from the Yoche de he Wintun Nation’s Community Fund is helping to support a 4 acre habitat project on the Cottonwood Slough. Yolo County RCD is working closely with the landowner and farmer to plan and implement riparian habitat enhancement on a relatively natural section of the Slough. Heavy erosion immediately downstream of a bridge on County Road 89 will be stabilized and the landowner has agreed to take some land out of production to slope back the channel for planting native trees and understory shrubs and groundcover. Ecosystem services provided by the project include improving a critical wildlife corridor for birds and pollinators as well as reducing erosion and improving water quality.

City of Woodland East Regional Pond Native Planting

The overall purpose of the project is to establish native vegetation for the benefit of wildlife and citizens of Woodland. The plantings will improve habitat and food sources for wildlife, and improve aesthetics, wildlife viewing, and along with the interpretive signage, provide education opportunities for citizens.

Start date: May 2010

End date: On-Going

CalTrans I-5 Native Tree Planting

The Project is a cooperative agreement between Caltrans and the Yolo County RCD. This project consists of planting native trees, shrubs, and grasses at six interchanges along Interstate 5 in Yolo County. The plantings will be maintained for a 3 year period.

Start date: Nov. 24, 2008
End date: Feb. 2014

Working Waterways

Audubon California’s Working Lands Program recently established our Working Waterways Initiative, the goal of which is to increase habitat along agricultural water delivery and tailwater systems up and down the Central Valley. This initiative grows out of our Landowner Stewardship Program’s fifteen years of working with farmers and ranchers to develop habitat on their properties.  Revegetating sloughs, canals, and creeks provides important habitat for target birds, helping recover populations of riparian songbirds in the Central Valley. It also provides important benefits to the farmer, including weed control, reduced soil loss, improved water quality, pollination, and pest control.  The objective is to increase the extent and value of on-farm restoration through the following activities: applying the best available science to improve habitat value of restoration efforts, training new partners in restoration design and practice, implementing demonstration projects with partner landowners in close collaboration with NRCS, water agencies, Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), or other local partners, and addressing through public policy barriers that prevent widespread adoption of canal restoration and revegetation on farms. 

North Davis Riparian Greenbelt: An Urban Greening Project

The North Davis Riparian Greenbelt project intends to "green" a storm water channel in north Davis by replacing weeds with drought-

tolerant native plants, establishing trees to shade the channel, and creating educational areas to learn about native plants and

sustainable landscape management. Funding for this project is provided by the Strategic Growth Council's Urban Greening Program,

funded by the voters of California via Proposition 84. For more information go to http://www.putahcreekcouncil.org/list-projects/Restoration/ripariangreenbelt

Downtown Davis Parkway Green Project: Putah Creek Parkway

The City of Davis, the UC Davis Arboretum, and a number of partners have recently been awarded an Urban Greening Project Grant of $891,304 from the California Strategic Growth Council. The 5-acre project area includes 3.5 acres along the Putah Creek Parkway, where a bike path west of Olive Drive connects the bike tunnel under I-80 with the bike tunnel under the railroad tracks. This greenbelt follows the remnant north fork channel of Putah Creek which will be restored with native plantings as a unique natural habitat area near downtown. The project also includes 1.5 acres at the east end of the Arboretum near Aggie Village and the Davis Commons shopping center. This will be the site of a new California native plant garden focused on plants native to the Putah Creek watershed. The project will also fund the reconfiguration of bike and pedestrian paths to improve access and circulation and the installation of bio-swales and pervious concrete to capture parking lot storm water run-off. For more information see http://publicgarden.ucdavis.edu/category/downtown-davis-parkway-greening-project/page/6

Grasslands Regional Park Native Grass Planting

The Grasslands Regional Park Native Grass Planting project will consist of two componants, the seeding of native grasses in the solar area and the native grass planting in the wetland area. Grasslands Regional Park is a 320 acre park that contains significant natural resources and habitat for wildlife species. This park provides ongoing inventory and management of endangered species with the site containing vernal pools, seasonal wetlands and grasslands that provide vital habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife. The park also serves a variety of existing active recreation uses, including model airplane soaring, archery and horseshoes.

Completed Projects

Yolo-Solano Conservation Partnership

The Yolo Solano Conservation Partnership Grant was an extensive partnership effort across 2 counties and 9 local organizations. This partnership was born out of commitment by the project participants to the idea that agricultural landscapes play an important role in providing native species with areas for food, shelter and reproduction and that these same lands can play an important role in species recovery.

Start Date: September 2007

End Date: March 2012

CalTrans Interchange Planting

The Yolo County RCD worked with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to establish native plants at several Interstate interchanges in Yolo County.

Start Date: July 15, 2005

End Date: June 2009

Cache Creek Vegetation Management Program

Considerable effort and funding has already been directed towards managing invasive species infestations throughout much of the watershed. The 33 mile middle stretch between the Yolo-Colusa County line and the Capay Dam not only compromises the wildlife values and stability of the creek banks in Capay Valley, but also threatens the viability of the control work on the lower Cache Creek by serving as a nursery of seeds, stems and rhizomes to re-infest sites downstream.

Start Date: November 2005

End Date: April 2011

RD 108 Levee Revegetation and Bank Stabilization Program

The levee revegetation program was an opportunity to demonstrate that establishing native grasses, rushes and sedges ion levee banks and drainage ditches is a viable alternative to the traditional management of these areas by spraying and disking. By establishing specific vegetation in these locations, the anticipated effects are improved water quality, increased wildlife habitat, reduced soil erosion, and noxious weed suppression.

Start Date: February 2010

End Date: June 2010