SERCAL 2017 Poster Presentations
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Restore, monitor, mitigate… Repeat? Adapting Habitat Restoration Projects for Climate Change
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Looking Back at Early Restoration Projects: How have they fared the test of time?
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Stream and Riparian Restoration
SERCAL 2016 Poster Presentations
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session — Fire and Post-Fire
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session — Creativity in Upland Restoration
The goal of The Kachituli Oxbow Mitigation Site was to transform a degraded environmental system and replace it with a functioning riparian habitat without hydrologic assistance from the adjacent Sacramento River. The site is like no other due to the hydrology and the water source that is primarily fed from the water table and precipitation.
Looking back, 12 years later, the willow canopy is forty-plus feet tall and thriving. This project site has survived one El Niño and the current 90-year historical drought. The three keys to this success was creating a healthy soil through de-compaction, agronomy, and utilizing low ground pressure equipment.
The effects of an ongoing drought may result in plant diseases and insect infestations along with increased erosion, a decrease in air quality and degradation of landscape and habitat, along with an increased risk of fire due to drier vegetation. While the environments can quickly bounce back from short-term droughts, it’s the long-term droughts that cause the most damage to not only animal life but plant life too.
The Guidelines supplement the Mitigation Rule by providing regionally-specific information and tools for developing the twelve required elements of a Compensatory Mitigation Plan. Of particular interest to SERCAL members may be Sections 3.4 and 4.2.2, Amount of Compensatory Mitigation; Section 4.3, Site Selection; and Section 4.4, Design, including subsections on recommendations and potential pitfalls.