A day filled with natural resource discovery awaits northern California residents of all ages, when the Bureau of Land Management, resource conservation districts and other partners host Cache Creek Discovery Day, Saturday, May 19.
Billed as a time to “celebrate watershed stewardship,” the event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is part of the statewide observance of May as “Watershed Awareness Month.”
All events will be based at the BLM’s new Cowboy Camp equestrian trailhead on Highway 16, one mile south of Highway 20 in Colusa County. Events include guided hikes onto BLM lands adjacent to the new Cache Creek Wilderness, wildlife viewing and Native American crafts and demonstrations. Still other activities will focus on birds, wildlife tracks and signs, native plants, habitat restoration and stream biology. Participants can enjoy picnic lunches or join in a barbecue lunch offered for a small fee.
“We’re even planning an exhibit with a small herd of goats to show how they can be used to control invasive weeds,” said Gregg Mangan, manager of the BLM Cache Creek Natural Area.
The Cache Creek watershed contains diverse landscapes including rugged, forested mountains, seasonal wetlands, ranches and farms where organic practices are followed, and extensive agricultural areas. It provides year-round habitat for bald eagles and tule elk, white water rafting opportunities and irrigation water for Yolo County’s productive agricultural economy.
The event is being organized by a large group of partners including the BLM Ukiah Field Office, Lake and Yolo counties, the Cache Creek Conservancy, Tuleyome, Lake County Sierra Club, UC McLaughlin Mine Reserve, Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the Yolo, West Lake and Colusa Resource Conservation Districts. Many other local organizations are involved as well.
-Jeff Fontana, 3/07