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Building Climate Resiliency in the Navarro River Watershed

What does Climate Resilience look like for our community? The Navarro River Watershed is the largest continuous coastal watershed in Mendocino County. It is rich with natural beauty and resources – from oak woodlands in the highlands, to the river valleys of Boonville and Philo, to the redwood forests at the “deep end” of the…

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Navarro Flow Enhancement Program

What is Flow Enhancement? Stream Flow Enhancement Projects change the amount, timing, and/or quality of water flowing down a stream, or a portion of a stream, to benefit fish and wildlife. Why does it matter? Here on the North Coast, our streams support diverse freshwater ecosystems including endangered and threatened species such as Coho Salmon…

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Gualala River Water Banking to Address Low Flows

The Gualala River Watershed includes 740 miles of watercourse draining approximately 181,000 acres in southern Mendocino and northern Sonoma Counties. Like many rivers on the North Coast, the Gualala River is impacted by low flows during the summer months and periods of drought. Although the natural flow regime included periods of low flow, the amount…

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Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas Calculator and Forest Diagnostic Toolkit

Questions often arise among forest landowners and resource professionals regarding management options for the forested landscapes they own or manage. With the very real presence of drought, rising temperatures, and extended fire season, more tools are needed to assist in the evaluation of management interventions give the increasing threat of wildfire. The development of the…

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Invasive Mussel Prevention

MCRCD works with the Mendocino County Water Agency to prevent infestation of quagga and zebra mussels in Mill Creek Ponds. Under a grant from California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways and in conjunction with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, MCRCD conducts monthly monitoring for quagga and zebra mussels at Mill Creek Ponds.…

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Featured Projects

Dutch Charlie Creek Riparian Fuel Reduction Project Through a larger Eel River sediment reduction grant, MCRCD is implementing a 1 stream-mile riparian fuel reduction project along Dutch Charlie creek, part of the South Fork Eel watershed. Fuel reduction projects in riparian areas are rare; however, the increasing prevalence of wildfire on the landscape and their…

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Biomass Utilization

The October 2017 Redwood Complex Fire burned more than 36,000 acres in Mendocino County. MCRCD is working with landowners whose forest experienced high severity wildfire effects to replant native conifers in appropriate sites. This project will help accelerate the re-establishment of a conifer forest and help prevent stand type conversion to brush or hardwood stands.…

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Climate Beneficial Agriculture

Resource Conservation Districts around the state, including MCRCD, are working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the Carbon Cycle Institute, and other agencies and organizations to engage agricultural operators in becoming ecosystem stewards to provide on-farm ecological benefits, improve agricultural productivity, enhance agroecosystem resilience, and mitigate…

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CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture

MCRCD can support producers in Lake and Mendocino Counties on CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Programs, SWEEP and HSP. The Application for the 2023 – 2024 round of CDFA State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Direct-to-Producer Solicitation Period is currently PAUSED until further notice and the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentive Grants Application is CLOSED…

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Forestry Technical Assistance & Cost-share Incentives Programs

MCRCD provides forestry technical assistance through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Ukiah Field Office. The goal of the Forestry Technical Assistance Program is to help non-industrial private landowners and residents make sound decisions about how to care for their forested land based on the ecology of the site and their personal objectives. MCRCD’s Registered…

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