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Current Projects of Cache Creek Conservancy

2011: Restoration, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation; 3-year project at 3 County-owned sites Funded by the CA Department of Parks and Recreation, OHV Division

The Cache Creek Conservancy recently received a California State Parks and Recreation OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) grant for restoration activities. This $31,000 grant will provide funding to repair damage caused by OHV activity in areas where trespass has occurred. The unwanted “roads” caused by OHV traffic result in damage to plants and trees, soil compaction, erosion along the banks, and loss of habitat.

Project implementation will occur on three sites along the creek, all owned by Yolo County. These areas are the Correll/Rodgers habitat area, the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and the open space area next to the Wild Wings community. Specific areas will be seeded with native grasses and restored with additional native plants. Restoration will include measures to deter future illegal OHV access, such as natural barriers created by plantings, logs, and boulders; and fencing and gates. An educational component will include signage in the areas advising against trespass and working with adjacent landowners to address their concerns.

The Conservancy will work closely with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and their OHV team on enforcement issues. It is important to educate riders about appropriate and inappropriate areas in which to ride. This project will support the collaborative efforts of Yolo County Resources Division, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, and the Conservancy working together to improve the habitat values along the Cache Creek riparian corridor.

2010: South Bank Restoration, Phase II, Mitigation Site for Yolo County Flood Control & Water 
Conservation District; 3-year Project
Funded by YCFC&WCD

Habitat Restoration Manager Christopher Gardner has started work on a new project across the creek from the Nature Preserve. This site adjoins the previous restoration site funded by the Rose Foundation and will be one more step in placing a continuous habitat corridor along the stream channel. This project is funded by the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and will help fulfill their mitigation requirements for the recently completed repairs to the Capay Dam.

This area next to the creek has a good stand of native vegetation including sandbar willow, black willow, mule fat, tule, cattail and mugwort. However, this area was infested with a sizable stand of cocklebur and mare’s tail. Both weeds are invasive to the riparian habitat. Located just above this stand of vegetation is an open area that was infested with annual grasses and invasive weeds such as star thistle, Italian thistle and small pod mustard.

Chemical treatment for weeds began in early fall. Later a burn was conducted with the assistance of the Willow Oak Fire Department to further clear the site for planting. Ground work included ripping and disking to improve the area for planting. In late October the area was seeded with a mixture of native grass seed. Later this winter, native trees and shrubs will be planted to further enhance this site. Weed control will continue until the native plants are well established and have covered most of the ground area. Also, irrigation of the shrubs and trees will be needed for 2-3 years. Eventually, this will be a beautiful natural area providing habitat for wildlife, and the new plantings should help prevent erosion of the bank.

We appreciate the assistance of the Willow Oak firefighters who helped with the controlled burn, and we thank the Yolo County Flood Control District for the funding to continue restoration work along the Cache Creek corridor.


      Before - July 2011                             Current - February 2012

2010: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation: Cache Creek Cultural Restoration Project, Phase II;
3-year project 
managed by the CCC
Funded by Tribal Wildlife Grant, USFWS

The Tribal Wildlife Grant site is located on the south side of Cache Creek, just upstream of the Cache Creek Casino Golf Course in Brooks, CA. The project is located in Yolo County on land owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and represents approximately 40 acres of restorable habitat. This project is being undertaken as the second phase of a major restoration effort on tribal land. Both grants were awarded to the Tribe by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the purpose of controlling invasive species and performing habitat restoration. Work completed so far on the current grant includes; invasive species removal, site cleanup and burn, ground preparation, seeding with native grasses, planting of native species and installation of irrigation. Goals for the final year of the grant are to expand the area being cleared of invasive species and plant more trees and shrubs between the golf course and the Creek.

     July 2011                                                 September 2011