Riparian Habitat Restoration Through Mitigation at Jellys Ferry

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Abstract

Jellys Ferry is a recreational area within the Bureau of Land Management’s Sacramento River Bend Area in Tehama County, just north of the city of Red Bluff and a few miles northeast of the community of Bend. There are miles of recreational trails for pedestrians and equestrians that meander through valley oak woodlands and streams, with scenic views of the bluffs and the Sacramento River. The area is popular in the spring with the blooming of wildflowers and providing river access in the summer. Centrally located between many population centers and major transportation routes, the area provides a public natural environment that’s easily accessible. The Yana Trail, popular among hikers and equestrians, traces between the north bank of the Sacramento River at Jellys Ferry and the restoration project site. This effort is being done in part by the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District as an agreement with Caltrans for habitat mitigation, involving the replanting of native California oak woodland and riparian species such as Fremont’s cottonwood (Populus fremontii), Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia), and Valley oak (Quercus lobata). Prior to restoration efforts, the historically-farmed fields were populated by the noxious yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) which displaced much of the native grasses and forbs. Previous projects include work by CSU, Chico, River Partners, and PG&E.

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