As part of the South Sacramento County Streams Project, habitats
located in four unique areas of the Bufferlands were restored
beginning in the summer of 2004. Aquatic habitat, seasonal
wetlands and upland areas all received a major facelift as part
of this joint venture with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The
noteworthy components of this habitat restoration effort included
the creation or enhancement of:
95 acres of valley oak savannah
92 acres of native perennial grassland
40 acres of aquatic habitat
20 acres of riparian woodland
10 acres of seasonal wetland
8 acres of emergent marsh
Not only were more than 10,000 trees and shrubs planted, but
artificial nest boxes for species such as wood ducks, American
kestrels, barn owls, ash-throated flycatchers and tree swallows
were constructed and installed throughout the project’s 265 acre
footprint. Additionally, natural woody debris piles were anchored
in two lakes to provide valuable fish habitat and basking
structure for species such as the western pond turtle. At
Nicolaus Pond, one of the four project sites, a water control
structure was installed to allow the Bufferlands staff the
ability to better manage the water level and provide optimal
This project is adjacent to the Upper
Beach Lake Wildlife Area and other high-value habitats of the
Bufferlands, creating a large block of contiguous wildlife
habitat. Additionally, the proximity of these projects to the
Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge greatly increases the
wildlife value of both natural areas by providing a huge open
space preserve in southern Sacramento County.
This project was made possible through a cost-sharing program
between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Regional San.
The funds became available for this habitat restoration project
in association with the South Sacramento County Streams Flood
Control Project, which provided increased flood protection for
the communities along the lower Morrison Creek stream group.
Through this program, the Regional San Bufferlands provided
little more than the land in return for the formal design and
installation of more than 265 acres of habitat improvements.
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