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Additional Refuge Land Open to the Public

River Partners restoration at the Drumheller Slough Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by River Partners staff.

On March 28th, the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge opened to the public the Drumheller Slough and La Barranca Units, two sites restored by River Partners. According to the press release issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, “The public may enjoy any of the ‘big six’ public uses including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.” More information and maps can be founds at www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges.

San Joaquin Valley Projects

In April, River Partners teamed with Tuolumne River Trust to participate in two Earth Day festivals sponsored by Modesto Junior College and City of Modesto. The San Joaquin staff has begun ground preparation for an additional 5000 ft of vegetated levees on a contract with the California Department of Water Resources at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. The San Joaquin staff also has begun to plant three additional riparian brush rabbit refugia and a vegetated brush rabbit corridor.

Wilson Landing Unit, DFG, Sac. River Wildlife Area

River Partners finished planting this 338 acre restoration site located in Glenn County, between Sacramento River miles 203 and 205. The Unit is part of the Department of Fish and Game managed Sacramento River Wildlife Area and is in the first year of project implementation. Eagle Scout candidate, Brett Brown, organized the Durham Cub and Boy Scouts in planting more than 500 trees at this site. 

Colusa State Recreation Area 08-13, Sac. River

In May 2009 River Partners began restoring 138 acres at the Colusa State Recreation Area in Glenn County. In cooperation with California State Parks, this work is funded by the Department of Water Resources, with the goal of instituting advanced mitigation for future flood control projects associated with the Tisdale Bypass.

Chico Fest 2009

On April 26, 2009, River Partners ran the beer concession at Chico Fest, a sustainability and live music exposition held at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s hops field. Thanks to help of 19 volunteers who staffed the booth, and the generous invitation from the Brewery, the event brought in more than $6,000 to support River Partners’ outreach programs and new project development.

The above article originally appeared in the Summer 2009 issue of the River Partners Journal.