This project is part of a pre-existing program to maintain, restore, enhance and protect the environment through the county and state regulatory process. The program works to prevent the displacement of native plant species and the degradation of habitat by the spread of non- native, invasive noxious weed species as defined by the California Food and Agricultural Code and the California Code of Regulations. All applications of control method are limited to the noxious weeds with minimal disruption to native plants immediately adjacent or living amidst the noxious weeds.
The goal of this project is to improve the health of ag land, forest land, and the watershed as a whole within Caspar CA, by eradicating California Department of Food and Agriculture A, B and C-rated noxious weeds, primarily Gorse. This project will: 1) reduce the threat
and impact of wildfires; 2) improve water quality; 3) promote native biodiversity; 4) restore and preserve working agricultural landscapes, and 5) enhance open space. The target weed, Gorse, spreads aggressively, excludes native plants and animals, disrupts agricultural and ecological functions and limits recreational opportunities. Gorse is an extremely aggressive invader that has extensive root systems and the ability to produce massive amounts of seeds. The seeds of this plant can live for over 30 years.