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 impacts on water quality are raising the profile of these areas as a priority for treatment. This project increases the health and resiliency of the stand, mitigating the severe impacts of post-fire sedimentation in a critical salmonid stream when a fire impacts the area. This is a demonstration project that will inform future fuel reduction projects around Mendocino County and the state.
Hazard Tree Removal
Following the catastrophic October 2017 Redwood Complex Fire, many residents in and around Redwood Valley suffered severe damage to lives, properties and woodlands. Following the fire, standing dead trees posed a hazard to homes and critical infrastructure. In addition to the danger to public safety, the cost of removing these trees was an extra burden for residents, many of whom had lost their homes in the fire. Through grant funding acquired by the County of Mendocino, MCRCD implemented a hazard tree removal project within the fire footprint. Hazardous trees threatening homes, house pads, and critical infrastructure such as pumphouses and water tanks were felled free of charge for residents. Due to high demand, two rounds of the project were completed with a total of 701 hazardous trees felled on the properties of 59 residents. MCRCD is invested in continuing post-fire recovery efforts, restoring ecosystems damaged by fire, working to mitigate the risk of future wildfires, and increasing the capacity for community resiliency.
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. Through grant funding and collaboration from CAL FIRE and One Tree Planted, this project will see 745 acres planted in and around Redwood Valley and Potter Valley. This project will help accelerate the re-establishment of a conifer forest and help prevent stand type conversion to brush or hardwood stands.