This project is part of a collaborative program created by Point Blue Conservation Science (PBCS) and funded by a block grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB). The program enables PBCS staff from across California to work with private landowners with the overall goal to co-create, manage, and implement projects that will maximize benefits of working landscapes to wildlife, fish, and pollinators.
The goal of this project is to enhance upland and riparian habitats, reduce invasive species, increase pollinator habitat, and increase nesting bird habitat. Project consists of 1) blue oak woodland enhancement - cutting of decadent and dying vegetation to promote new growth and succession, strategic planting of blue oak acorns to increase regeneration, and wildlife brush piles to provide understory cover; 2) riparian restoration - control of invasive Sesbania along creek and replanting with native woody species; 3) pollinator habitat enhancement - seeding and plug planting to promote floristic diversity and food resources; 4) nesting bird box installation - wood duck boxes along riparian corridor and upland small bird nesting boxes in blue oak woodland.
The project will consist of minor alterations in the condition of land and vegetation which will not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. Trees will only be removed if they are small, suppressed, unhealthy, crowded, or hazardous. Project implementation will result in multiple benefits, including reduction of fuels that will decrease wildfire risk and improve public safety and protect communities, human lives, and property.