Teaching our youth about wildlife conservation
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Conservation Education

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is awarded CDA funds to provide habitat improvement, equipment and conservation education.

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) received a grant from the CDA Projects Committee in 2012.  The grant helped fund three major project areas including vegetation management, K- 12 Outdoor Education, and equipment.  Listed below is a summary of the project expenditures:

Vegetation Management
These funds were used to treat approximately 20 acres of vegetation on the BCCER.  The vegetation is cut in the summer and then burned in the fall.  Once the volume of vegetation is reduced, we continue to burn the areas to manage the fuel load and improve forage species.  The vegetation management program is ongoing and our efforts continue to build to improve habitat for many wildlife species.

K-12 Outdoor Education
Approximately 800 3rd, 4th, and high school students attended the BCCER Outdoor Classroom.  The CDA funds were used to develop a fire ecology lesson plan for these grades.  In addition, we developed burn plots where high school students monitor burned, unburned and mowed plots over time.   Students learn about native grasses and how these grasses respond to burning, mowing, and no treatment over time.  This program will continue in future years.

Equipment
These funds purchased signage for the hunt program that was posted on our main gates to inform hunters of the BCCER access rules and regulations.  In addition, the signage informs non-hunters to keep out of the BCCER on hunt days.  We also repaired a trimmer for the vegetation management program, purchased fire pumps, bar and chain oil, and weed wrenches.  These funds also purchased gravel for the access roads on the BCCER to maintain quality habitat for a variety of species, including the Columbia black-tailed Thank you for supporting our programs.  The grant funding from CDA allows the BCCER deer.  We also have a quality hunt program for deer and turkey that provides a quality experience for the hunting community.  Your support also helps us educate the next generation to value and protect our resources.  If, at anytime you would like a tour of our programs, please contact me so I can show you one of the most pristine areas in California.

Jeff Mott, Director
Ecological Reserves

 

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