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North Bay Forest Improvement Program

The North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP) is an innovative incentives program funded through CAL FIRE’s Proposition 68 Wildfire Resilience and Forestry Assistance Grant. Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) in Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa Counties have partnered with Rebuild NorthBay Foundation and the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center (CLERC) to form the North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP) to help…

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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program

  In 2015, the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and MCRCD were awarded funding through the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) to help Mendocino County prepare a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Plan. Program elements included: Prioritizing agricultural conservation values such as important farmlands, agricultural lands at risk of conversion to non-agricultural…

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North Coast Soil Health Hub

Development of a Farm Demonstration Network in California In partnership with USDA NRCS, UCCE, Napa County and Sonoma County RCDs, and agricultural industry associations, MCRCD is taking a leadership role in helping to establish the development of a vineyard farm demonstration network in the north coast region. BACKGROUNDConservation agriculture and system-based crop management has been…

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LandSmart™

LandSmart™ was developed by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), Napa County RCD, Mendocino County RCD, and Gold Ridge RCD in collaboration with the USDA NRCS, land managers, and other resource agencies. Through grants from the California State Coastal Conservancy, the Department of Conservation, and the Strategic Growth Council, we are currently in the process…

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Garcia TMDL Implementation Project

The MCRCD partnered with landowners in the upper Garcia River watershed to assess sediment sources from rural roads and completed 13 miles of road upgrades and improvements on 170 sites to meet Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulatory requirements. The project will prevent more than 17,000 cubic yards of sediment from entering salmon-bearing streams and…

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Forsythe Creek Sediment Reduction Project

From 2010 to 2014, this project upgraded 14.6 miles of ranch roads in the Forsythe Creek watershed, tributary to the West Fork Russian River. Implementation was based upon designs to withstand a 100-year storm event. Of special note was the construction of a 140-foot long bridge over Mill Creek on Reeves Canyon Road which replaced…

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Neefus Gulch Coho Habitat Enhancement Project

Coho salmon returned to Neefus Gulch in December 2014 after being absent for several years. MCRCD installed large woody debris structures at 15 sites along 0.4 miles of the lower creek, and cleared the stream mouth of a dense thicket of Himalaya blackberry. The project was done in collaboration with Mendocino Redwood Company, USDA Natural…

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Navarro Headwaters TMDL Implementation Project & the Mendocino Headwaters Integrated Water Quality Enhancement Project

These two projects represent a new partnership between MCRCD and Sonoma State University’s Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (http://www.sonoma.edu/cei/galbreath/) located in the upper Rancheria Creek watershed of the Navarro River basin. The Navarro Headwaters TMDL Implementation Project upgraded 9.3 miles of road on the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve and installed one acre of native riparian plants that will…

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Denmark Creek Fish Barrier Removal and Riparian Habitat Enhancement

This project is a component of the Working Landscapes Riparian Enhancement Project funded by the California Department of Water Resources through Proposition 84. Funding was also provided by the California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program. Work in Denmark Creek included removing a 100-foot long culvert, restoring the natural slope of the stream…

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Arundo Eradication in the Upper Russian River Watershed

This project represents the other component of the Working Landscapes Riparian Enhancement Project, funded by the CA Department of Water Resources. The MCRCD will eradicate approximately 24,000 square feet of the highly invasive species Arundo donax along the mainstem Russian River, and install two willow/brush mattresses in locations where eradication efforts have exposed the river…

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Water Emergency Preparedness Planning and Water Conservation Assistance to Tribes

The Mendocino County Water Emergency Preparedness Planning grant was funded through the Department of Water Resources, Prop 84, enabled MCRCD to work with Tribal and small water suppliers throughout the county to identify priorities and areas of need, provide planning for water conservation, and increase resiliency and capacity to respond to emergencies in the face…

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