River Partners and CCC Improving Redding’s River Trails
The City of Redding, River Partners, and the California Conservation Corps are working to improve 40 acres of habitat on the east bank of the Sacramento River, south of the Hwy 44 Bridge. This is part of a larger project, called Turtle Bay East, where the City of Redding is rehabilitating about 80 acres and advancing work on the Sacramento River Parkway master plan.
Specifically River Partner is guiding the California Conservation Corp in removing a variety of invasive plants and grasses. Also, River Partners’ science team is designing a native plant community that will be installed along with 1.4 miles of crushed gravel trail.
“One of the special features of the restoration is the pollinator mix we’ll plant,” says River Partners Senior Restoration Biologist, Helen Swagerty. “The mix will form a native plant community that will have blooms year round and serve as an important resource to native pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.”
In addition to helping pollinators and other wildlife, Turtle Bay East will offer residents and visitors more opportunities to enjoy the Sacramento River. According to Terry Hanson, Redding’s community project manager, not only will these efforts improve public access in the geographic center of Redding, they advance the larger effort of creating and improving hundreds of miles of river trails in Shasta and Tehama counties.