Cache Creek Conservancy
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Programs

Description
The CCC is dedicated to restoring the lower part of Cache Creek as a primary implanting agency of the Cache Creek Area Plan, an element of Yolo County's general plan. We "put the plan on the ground," which includes project management, environmental permitting, site analysis, funding and fiscal management, procurement of supplies and labor, monitoring, and final reporting. The CCC carries out control and removal of non-native invasive plant species, establishes priorities for restoration and re-vegetation along the creek, and helps coordinate the annual creek walk. The CCC is developing a management and restoration plan for the creek; a major effort will be to complete mapping of restoration sites along the creek.
Budget
$150,000
Program Successes
The Riparian Restoration successes include:
- Reduction of non-native invasive species on the creek
- Increased public awareness of and participation in the annual creek walk
- GPS mapping of invasive plant species on the creek
- GPS mapping of potential restoration sites along the creek to aid in determining restoration priorities
- Creating an useful management and restoration plan for the lower Cache Creek
Description
The CCC's Experience the Creek environmental education program is offered to schools and other visitors to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. This comprehensive environmental education experience focuses on the ecology, culture, and history of the Cache Creek watershed. Our environmental education team works to help teachers meet the State's Next Generation Science Standard curriculum, providing hands-on experiences that teachers cannot accomplish in the classroom. Teachers choose from a variety of hands-on learning activities conducted on the Nature Preserve grounds. The environmental education program's activities emphasize interactive learning and support the NGSS. Students, working together in teams, learn first-hand by observing and using natural materials. Each lesson is taught by volunteers and supervised by our knowledgeable staff.

The CCC currently offers approximately 25 "kid-driven" activities that can be adapted to any age or grade level. The CCC education program is expanding to include service learning too. Ultimately, as a result of these successes, more people will be aware of and participate in environmental stewardship. Some of the students who have participated in this program have gone onto become naturalists or biologists and continue to visit the Nature Preserve. Due to the success of the program, the CCC has a need to hire a full-time Environmental Education Coordinator.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
- The Experience the Creek environmental education program hosts 3,000 students annually.
- A free, six-day program in the summer, Wacky Wilderness Days, provides fun and education for about 75 children and their parents each session.
- The CCC is expanding its family friendly programming to include special days and programs such as Coyote Tales, Night Walks, and nature journaling.
Description
CCNP Restoration and Conservation focuses on restoration and management of the Nature Preserve. The Nature Preserve is a diverse 130-acre preserve that provides sanctuary for wildlife. This program includes ecosystem restoration and conservation; preserving historical buildings on the property; and managing a visitor and education center. This program focuses on restoring native vegetation and illustrating the link between environmental conservation and working landscapes. "From gravel to green" is a phrase that describes the history of the Nature Preserve site; after 100 years as a working farm and sheep ranch, it became a gravel mine, and was restored 20 years ago into the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Two historic barns are in need of restoration, and the large barn is about 100 years old. The CCNP hopes to build a larger visitors center that celebrates the indigenous patwin, pioneers, farmers, miners, and ecologists whose lives are entwined with the creek.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
These activities ultimately will lead to sustainable land management practices on the Nature Preserve and a healthier, more native habitat for wildlife and visitors alike. The restoration at the preserve includes using traditional land management techniques such as sheep to grazing to control noxious weeds and demonstrating non-technical land management practices in the Native American garden. We are currently in the second of a three-year riparian restoration project to restore native vegetation (willows, cottonwood trees, etc.) and remove invasive plant species. We recently added a "Check Your Wingspan" display that allows people to see how a bird's wingspan compares to their outstretched arms.
Description
The Tending and Gathering Garden (TGG), on the grounds of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, is a collaborative effort between the Native American community and the CCC to demonstrate traditional land and plant management practices of California's native people. This 3-acre site was restored with culturally significant native plants found within the Cache Creek watershed. These plants are used for basketry, food, fiber, shelter, medicine, and watercraft. The TGG serves as a source for cultural practitioners to gather plant material. It also provides a place for hands-on education including plant identification, plant use, and traditional management methods. These horticultural practices include pruning, coppicing (cutting a plant back to the ground), hand-weeding, irrigating, and burning. No chemical pesticides are used in the TGG. The Cache Creek Conservancy hopes to include tule huts and other Native American historical features to help visitors understand the history and culture of the local patwin.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
TGG successes include:
- A new acorn granary was installed that showcases part of the Wintun culture
- Demonstrations of California Native American cultural practices regarding gathering techniques and basketry
- Demonstration of traditional land and plant management practices of California's native people
- Diversity of native plants and interpretative signage regarding their traditional uses
Description
The Restore/Restory is a community media project that documents the changing cultural, political, and physical landscape of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. It is a collaboration between the UC Davis Art of Regional Change (ARC) and the CCC to bring students, scholars and artists together with a diverse cross-section of Yolo County residents to co-create an interactive public history website and associated audio tour of the Preserve. This project is the inspiration for a new active adult nature awareness program the CCC is trying to implement.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
This project generated media (audio tour, website, exhibits, etc) that spark conversations on public history and land use which can inform restoration and resource management policies. The media focused on the cultural history of the land that is now the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. While the project itself has been completed, the results are a living document showcased in both the Restore/Restory website and the audio tour on the Nature Preserve grounds. This wealth of information is available to the general public.