NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – The Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership (Partnership), a group of regional stakeholders working together to conserve and steward the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area, announces a public field tour of the Eticuera Creek Stewardship Project on April 26.
The field tour, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the historic Knoxville townsite off Morgan Valley Road.
To attend the field tour, RSVP to Mary Adelzadeh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-402-5404.
An RSVP is required as detailed directions to the meeting location will be sent via email to registered participants.
The field tour will feature collaborative efforts to control invasive species and restore native plants along Eticuera Creek and its tributaries. Representatives from the UC Davis McLaughlin Reserve, Gamble Ranch, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and UC Cooperative Extension will discuss project methods, successes, and challenges, and also highlight the benefits of collaborative stewardship. Following presentations, a ridge hike will be offered.
The Eticuera Creek watershed encompasses 34,000 acres at the north end of Lake Berryessa in the Putah Creek watershed and includes Knoxville Creek, Zim Zim Creek, Adams Creek and the Toll Canyon sub-watershed.
More than 20,000 acres of the watershed are in the Department of Fish and Game’s Knoxville Wildlife Area; the remainder includes land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the University of California’s McLaughlin Reserve, Homestake Mining Company, and other private ranches and properties.
Founded in 1997, the Partnership provides a forum for the public and private land managers to meet and discuss stewardship activities, interests, and challenges.
The group has since grown to more than 100 members, including federal and state agencies, counties and other public entities, local businesses, non-profit organizations and conservation-minded landowners – all with the common goal of supporting collaborative stewardship of the natural and working landscape of the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area.
The Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area (BRBNA) is approximately 785,000 acres of the upper Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, both tributaries to the Sacramento River basin.