Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Receives Two Major Grants
Restoration work at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA) will now move into high gear as a result of two recent grant awards. The Santa Clara River Trustee Council, which manages mitigation funds from the 1994 Arco oil spill, has awarded Friends of the Santa Clara river grants totaling $216,000. These funds will be used for expanding the current volunteer restoration work, building a kiosk, removing invasive plants, and performing extensive riparian restoration work on about 50 acres of HRNA. Another grant, valued at $36,000, was received from the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
The WHIP grant (which requires a 25% match) will be used primarily for increasing wetlands acreage on the property plus controlling invasives and weeds. "Friends is extremely pleased to receive these awards. They will provide the resources for performing core elements of our Management Plan for the property, which covers a 10-year program to control invasives and completely restore the riparian areas formerly devoted to cattle grazing," said Richard.
A detailed report on restoration work at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area will be provided in the Spring 2005 issue of Watershed.