Watershead, Spring 2006
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Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Restoration
Benefited by Major Grants

The Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA), consisting of 220 acres of river floodplain and terrace lands near Santa Paula, was the first property acquisition under the State Coastal Conservancy's Santa Clara River Parkway Project, and has been managed by Friends of the Santa Clara River since 2001. In May 2005, the Ventura County Community Foundation's Santa Clara River Parkway Fund awarded FSCR a grant of $10,000 for general support and volunteer restoration work on the property. Long-term restoration of riparian habitat at HRNA was begun earlier in the year by Bowland and Associates of Ventura under a grant of $208,000 awarded by the Santa Clara River Trustee Council. FSCR expresses its sincere thanks to both grantors.

The conservation crew under the direction of Jackie Bowland has almost completed its habitat restoration activities at HRNA prior to the spring/summer bird nesting season. About 20 acres of heavily degraded riparian habitat on the Santa Clara River have been already been cleared of invasive plants and re-planted with native species that have provided foraging and nesting habitat for many notable bird species including least Bells vireo, willow flycatcher, blue grosbeak, song sparrow and many more. Friends wishes to sincerely thank all volunteers who participated in these successful restoration activities.

 


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