California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), University of California Davis (UCD), and Homestake Mining Company are implementing a Tamarisk and Pepper-weed eradication plan for 6 miles of the upper Eticura Creek and Knoxville Creek watershed. The objective of the project is to restore the riparian habitat with native vegetation. To accomplish the non-native vegetation eradication plan, there will be four major phases. Phase one will identify, in the uppermost regions, areas in which Tamarisk and Pepper-weed infestation occur. Phase two will consist of DFG coordinating with California Department of Forestry (CDF) hand crews to cut Tamarisk with saws, treat cut stumps with herbicide, and then stack cut materials in piles away from creek channel. Phase three will consist of DFG coordinating with CDF hand crews to collect on site native willow and wild grape cuttings. The cuttings will be treated with root one and planted in the drainages to create vegetation layers to armor stream banks from erosion. Native elderberry will also be planted along upland areas where Tamarisk had been removed. Phase four will be to repeat phases one, two and three over the following three years. Issuance of a Streambed Alteration Agreement Number R3-2001-0725 pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 1601.
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