The MCRCD Land Stewardship Program mission is to provide professional, progressive, and sustainable long-term land management that is resilient to climate change and supports native ecosystems and the local community.
Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands
The Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands, located in Little Lake Valley, is the largest public wetlands restoration and mitigation project in the State of California. In 2015, we assumed long term management responsibility for the 2,087-acres of wet meadow, stream corridors, and oak woodlands. CalTrans created a non-wasting endowment through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as a permanent source of funding for management and monitoring of mitigation lands. MCRCD, a signatory to the Endowment Agreement, signed a 10-year interim contract to provide necessary on-the-ground land management and monitoring services. Four staff members manage and monitor grazing impacts to listed species, ecosystem function, and overall biological diversity.
Our Willits Mitigation Lands Blog: recent posts
- Week #21 Foraging Water BirdsWatch as these elusive wetland-loving birds explore the muddy creek bottoms and pools this summer.
- Dragons of the SkyAugust 10, 2022 It has grown quieter out in Little Lake Valley. The territorial singing of the adult birds has…
- Public Tour and Nature Walk August 19th Friday Willits Valley Mitigation Lands
Our Willits Mitigation Lands Videos
Our team has created dozens of videos showing the diversity of life in Little Lake Valley’s Willits Wetlands. Please see our YouTube channel for the complete video collection.
Our Willits Mitigation Lands Gallery
Above is a sample of recent photos from the Little Lake Valley. See the complete gallery for more.