Grapes take over The Tall Forest

Grapes take over The Tall Forest

Grapes Takeover Tall Forest Saturday was day one in what may be a long journey in the control of a native California grape that has “overtopped” large sections of The Tall Forest.  Like the Kudzu vine in our Southeast and the Strangler vines in the tropics, our native grape is out of balance with Cosumnes River Preserve Valley oaks.  In just 5 years, this previously minor component of the riparian forest has grown to alarming

Puncture vines at Oneto/Denier 2018

Puncture vines at Oneto/Denier 2018

“It takes a village to raise a child”; and, “it takes a team to restore a habitat”.  I didn’t make up the first half of that sentence but I claim the second half.   Last Saturday, the Habitat Restoration Team worked the Denier restoration fields. It was HOT so we brought a lot of water and a lot of ice.  I, for one, poured as much of that miracle liquid down the outside of my neck

River Cleanup in the Sumertime

River Cleanup in the Sumertime

Ever wonder what HRT does when the temperature goes over 98 dg F?  That’s body temperature.  Much too hot to weedwack and cut down invasive trees.  When it’s that hot, Alex Cabrera finds jobs that are wet.   Winter time flooding dumps debris that pollute The Cosumnes and we need to deal with that. Lots of little stuff washes downriver and we need to deal with that.  The floods churn up cans, bottles, sharp metal

Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade

BUCKET BRIGADE And just where do all of those buckets that HRT uses in its daily work come from?  Fortunately, we don’t have to buy most of them. My nephew Tony rescues them before they make it to his dumpsters and donates them to us for reuse.  We all know the drill: REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE.  There is a bit of preparation that needs to be done before we take them into the field; but

Making Access at Cosumnes River Preserve

Making Access at Cosumnes River Preserve

You have to have access to do anything.  The Habitat Restoration Team needs access.  The agriculture fields for the Pacific Flyway stopovers need access.  The viewing stations for the public need access.  The Cosumnes River Preserve has literally miles of dirt roads to maintain and The Habitat Restoration Team helps keep those costs down by making room for the Big Equipment to get in to do the grading and apply a thin layer gravel to