Willits Bypass Mitigation

The Willits Bypass Offsite Mitigation Project is the largest public wetlands mitigation project in the State of California. In 2015, MCRCD assumed long term management responsibility for the 2,087-acres of wet meadow, stream corridors, and oak woodlands. MCRCD has four staff members managing and monitoring grazing impacts to listed species, ecosystem function, and overall biological diversity. 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 was signatory to the Endowment Agreement, and signed a 10-year interim contract to provide necessary on-the-ground land management and monitoring services.

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“Observations and Ruminations”

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Marisela De Santa Anna


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Week #09 Great Blue Heron Spearfishing

This week’s video features a stealthy Great Blue Heron hunting for small salmonids on the project. Learn more about these impressive birds in this week’s blog and photos!

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The Willits Bypass Mitigation Project was featured in the June 29, 2020 edition of KZYX Community News. Listen here to learn more on the history of the project and progress that has been made since its inception.

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