What were RCDs up to in January?

Contra Costa RCD Led MLK Clean-up Day

Contra Costa RCD and partners organized community members to pick up garbage in greenways and waterways in Richmond for Martin Luther King’s day of service. See the video they made about the day!

Contra Costa RCD Goes Hiking

CCRCD led the second of four seasonal hikes through the beautiful, rolling hills of Fernandez Ranch in the upper Rodeo Creek watershed. 

Eastern Kern County RCD Xeriscape Presentation

On Saturday, January 26, Eastern Kern County RCD and the Department of Conservation hosted two xeriscape presentations by noted landscape architect and radio host Norm Schilling. The presentations took place between 11am and 4pm at the Maturango Museum.

Glenn County RCD Owl Boxes Workshop

Glenn County RCD in partnership with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helped students build owl boxes through their RCD Connects with Kids program.

Inland Empire RCD Trout in the Classroom

Redlands Daily Facts featured IERCD’s work with the Trout in the Classroom Program, a free hands-on learning experience for students around trout.

Napa County RCD Connects with High Schoolers

Through the LandSmart and Acorns To Oaks field programs, students connect classroom curriculum to the real world while studying and restoring ecosystems with environmental professionals. In January, American Canyon High School students planted native oaks along Sheehy Creek, while monitoring plant and bird diversity.

Napa County RCD’s WILD Napa: Fish Monitoring Lecture

WILD Napa is a monthly lecture series that explores topics related to Napa County’s ‘wild side’! RCD Senior Biologist Jonathan Koehler spoke about fish monitoring and research to provide science-based information to all stakeholders involved in steelhead and salmon management and recovery. It took place at Napa County Library on January 9 from 7-8pm. WILD Napa events are held every 2nd Wednesday at 7pm.

Napa County RCD’s Martin Luther King Oak Maintenance Day

On Monday, January 21 from 9am – 12 noon, Napa RCD hosted a much-needed oak maintenance day to tend to past oak plantings at Alston Park. Activities included mulching, weeding, re-staking, wrapping the base of mature trees, and collecting materials from unsuccessful plantings. 

Napa RCD’s Feather, Fur and Scales Event

Napa RCD’s Feather, Fur and Scales event was co-hosted by American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation. Attendees met WildCare’s rescued non- releasable wild animals during this unforgettable presentation. By sharing their rescue stories, these animals act as ambassadors for their species and help raise awareness of their plight in the wild. WildCare’s outreach and on-site educational programs have a history of providing quality nature education programming in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970’s. The event took place on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30pm – 8pm at the American Canyon Library.

Napa RCD Hosted RCD Storytelling Training

Napa RCD hosted a Storytelling Training for fellow RCDs. The training helped RCDs refine their communications skills to they could learn how to tell effective stories to better engage with their communities.

Solano RCD Installing Interpretive Signs

Solano RCD installed interpretive signs at Centennial Park in Vacaville so community members could learn about the native plants and wildlife there.

San Mateo RCD Removed Invasive Weeds

San Mateo RCD, in partnership with Granada Community Services District removed invasive weeds such as acacia, cotoneaster, jubata grass and Himalayan blackberry growing in Burnham Strip at Surfer’s Beach. This is the first step to improve both the strip’s habitat and its curb appeal.

Yolo RCD Community Planting Day

The community planting day took place from 10am to noon on Sunday, January 13 at Capay Open Space Park. Community members were invited to help the Cache Creek Conservancy and Yolo RCD plant native plants at the park.

LandSmart Vineyard Planning Workshops

LandSmart’s vineyard planning workshop took place on January 23 at Napa Valley College, to help vineyard managers learn about LandSmart Farm Plans, waste discharge requirements, Napa Green Land certification, and assessing waterways and unpaved roads for water quality concerns. LandSmart is a collaboration between four RCDs: Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Gold Ridge.

RCD of Monterey County Featured for Arundo Control

RCD of Monterey County was featured in The Californian for their Salinas River Arundo Control Program work. “The program works to remove arundo, an invasive grass, from the banks of the river where it increases flood risk, chases away native animals and insects and kills off native plants that would otherwise abound.” 

Climate Smart Agriculture Funding Assistance Workshops

RCDs across the state hosted workshops to help producers apply for funding from the California Department of Agriculture’s Climate Smart Agriculture Programs, which include the Healthy Soils Incentives Program (HSP), the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). 

Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD’s SWEEP Workshop – January 16

RCD of Greater San Diego County’s HSP Workshop – January 16 & 23

Tehama County RCD’s SWEEP Workshop – January 29

Mendocino County’s SWEEP HSP Event – January 29

Sutter County RCD’s SWEEP and HSP Workshop – January 30