Not too long ago, FCLR partnered with University of the Pacific, the National fish nad Wildlife FOundation, PG&E, REI, and other  community partners in order to restore/ enhance 3 acres of riparian habitat along the CalaverasRiver:

After completing the project, several of our members have been monitrong the site and keeping Field Notes.

Our goal is to regularly publish field notes taken by our experts, and today we are offering notes taken by Dale Sanders’ (AKA ‘Dr. Dirt’) as he walked the Native Grass restoariation site:

Click here to read Dale Sanders’ Notes: Native Grass Demo Project

Our next post will feature some amazing field notes, observations, and drawings by Jim Marsh, FLCR Historian!

Growing forward: Effort to restore river habitat takes first step

By: Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

IMGP2863On a river, you have to celebrate the small successes.

A grand vision to restore the Calaveras River where it flows past the University of the Pacific has not been fulfilled, but Saturday – after almost two years of planning and navigating local and state bureaucracy – volunteers were able to plant native grasses across a 3-acre Calaveras flood plain.

It’s not easy in a post-Hurricane Katrina world to plant anything on a flood plain.

This won’t be the full-fledged riparian restoration some naturalists would like. And if you’re not a biologist or plant scientist, the south bank of the Calaveras might not look all that different.

But it does represent the biggest on-the-ground project conducted by advocacy group Friends of the Lower Calaveras River, which for five years has tried to elevate the profile of the Calaveras beyond a mere drainage ditch.

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