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Habitat Restoration

The RCDTC is involved in multiple small and large-scale habitat restoration projects. The RCDTC collaborates and contracts with several federal, state, and local agencies to complete these projects. These restoration projects include improving salmonid spawning habitat, annual Residual Dry Matter (RDM) monitoring and biennial vernal pools monitoring, restoring wetlands, revegetation, and conserving grasslands for foragers.

In-Stream Restoration 

The RCDTC is involved in numerous in-stream (aquatic) projects that benefit both winter-run and spring-run juvenile and adult salmonids. These projects include side channel reconnection efforts and fish passage improvement so that fish or other aquatic species can move through an aquatic system to access habitats necessary to complete their life cycle.

Dye Creek Low Water Crossing Fish Passage

This project aims to improve passage conditions for salmonids and make approximately 10 stream miles of non-natal rearing habitat available for winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon, and fall-run Chinook salmon that have all been documented just below the barrier

Restoring the Deer Creek Headwaters at Childs Meadows Restoration

This project utilizes living dams made from locally sourced materials that mimic beaver activity and a modified grazing strategy in order to restore hydrologic, geomorphic, and biological conditions within the Childs Meadows complex.

Side Channel Reconnection Projects

The RCDTC has provided construction management on three fish passage improvement projects:  East Sand Slough Side Channel ProjectRio Vista Side Channel Project, and the Lake California Side Channel Restoration Project


Riparian Restoration 

More information coming soon.

Upland Restoration 

Feral Cattle Removal and Habitat Restoration

The Feral Cattle Removal Project will restore wildlife habitat through the removal of unbranded, feral cattle on 27,000 acres of private property between Mill Creek and Big Dye Creek, adjacent to the Ishi Wilderness.


Residual Dry Matter (RDM) and Vernal Pool Monitoring

RCDTC personnel complete annual residual dry matter monitoring and biennial vernal pools monitoring in the Coyote Creek Conservation Area west of Red Bluff in order to monitor the influence of livestock on invasive species and soil health.