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Cache Creek Watersed Weed Management Plan

Project Summary
Type Non-Native Invasive Species Management
Project Lead Gillies Robertson
Partner Cache Creek Watershed Forum

Project Overview

For years, invasive species have been recognized as a natural resource concern in the Cache Creek Watershed. Federal, state, and local governments, and local stakeholder entities have acknowledged that invasive plant species pose severe threats to wildlife habitat, increase property damage from flooding, deplete and degrade water quantity and quality, and lead to more erosion problems in an area already prone to flooding and erosion.While the Yolo Resource Conservation District (RCD), the Cache Creek Conservancy and other local entities have worked to bring these species under control along segments of Cache Creek, we have been lacking in an overall strategy to ensure the long-term success of our individual efforts.

 

With the Yolo RCD taking the lead, the Cache Creek Watershed Forum proposes to develop a plan which provides a watershed-wide approach to assess, treat, and monitor priority non-native invasive plant species. The plan will develop a strategy to:

    • Inventory and map existing invasive species and control efforts (using existing information and targeted data collection)
    • Develop a consensus on priority species, strategies, and actions between land managers and agencies
    • Develop a coordinated identification, monitoring, and reporting system
    • Assess environmental compliance issues and permitting needs
    • Identify funding needs for eradication, control and long-term maintenance efforts

Our intent is to provide an invasive species management plan that will support past and current management efforts and ensure that current and future resources available for the crucial work of invasive species management are most effectively utilized.

Project Description

Start date October 2011
End date June 2012
Type of Activity
  • Project management and coordination
  • Inventory and map existing invasive weeds and control efforts
  • Develop a consensus on priority species, strategies, and actions between land managers and agencies
  • Develop a coordinated identification, monitoring, control, and reporting system
  • Assess environmental compliance issues and permitting needs
  • Identify funding needs for eradication, control and long-term maintenance efforts
Deliverables
  • Final Cache Creek Watershed-wide Weed Management Plan, Quarterly Reports to WRA Technical Committee, Quarterly Reports to the WRA, Meeting Agendas and Minutes for Cache Creek Watershed Forum Meetings
  • A set of maps will be generated depicting the existing populations of invasive weed species and any ongoing control efforts. An outline of relevant plans and strategies which support invasive weed management in the watershed will be also provided
  • A list of species of concern within the watershed will be provided along with a clear set of guidelines for best practice control methods
  • A strategy and system for accessing, updating, and utilizing centrally located data on the identification, monitoring, control, and reporting of invasive species occurrences within the watershed
  • Provide a comprehensive directory of regulatory information relating to the control of invasive species within the watershed
  • A breakdown of unit costs (per acre/mile) for control and/or eradication of certain target species will be provided with the final plan
Goals

To provide an invasive species management plan that will support past and current management efforts and ensure that current and future resources available for the crucial work of invasive species management are most effectively utilized.

Additional Information

Weed Mangament Plan