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 habitat.
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.
Thank you for visiting Regional San’s website. Regional San is committed to protecting our customers’ privacy and does not, without your knowledge and permission, collect personal information about you or regarding the reasons for your visit. Regional San will not resell or distribute any site-visitor data. Unless you voluntarily provide personal information to us when inquiring about or requesting specific services, we will not ask you for, or track, any personal information for any purpose.
Regional San is committed to to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. If you’re having trouble accessing information on this site, or if you would like to bring a site issue to our attention, please send us a message.
PDF Files: PDF files on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download.