There are many advantages to landscaping with California native plants. They provide outstanding natural habitat and are usually drought tolerant; many are fire-resistant, deer resistant and in the right location, easy to grow. With funding from the Department of Conservation, the District is propagating and distributing a wide variety of California natives suited to Lake County conditions.
With funding from the Lake Area Rotary and Lake County Rising, the RCD is in the third year of an ongoing project to distribute seedling conifers to private landowners impacted by the Valley and other fires.
Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) is a federally listed noxious weed that has infested the headwaters of Scotts Creek. In collaboration with the county Ag Department, BLM, and Scotts Valley Tribe of Pomo Indians, Lake County RCD is in the third year of an eradication project.
The District undertakes a wide variety of on-the-ground conservation projects as grant funding becomes available. For example, an American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) grant supplemented by funding from the Rose Foundation allowed the RCD to undertake an innovative partnership project to eradicate a potentially devastating infestation of Ravennagrass (Saccharum ravennae) from some 70 miles of Cache Creek in Lake and Yolo Counties. Read more . . .
As drought conditions persist, there will be an increase in forest pest activity and drought related stresses in the foothills and mountain forests. The following guidance, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will cover the most common issues landowners are likely to experience and help answer questions they might have. Read more . . .