Habitat Restoration

Habitat and Burn Site Restoration
In association with our Invasive Plant Management Program, the Parkway Foundation conducts habitat restoration by replacing invasive plants with native grasses and shrubs. Additionally, the Parkway Foundation works with a number of partners to address burn site restorations in areas of the Parkway ravaged by fire each year. The objective of these restorations often times result in large growth invasive plant species being removed and then replaced with low-growth native vegetation that does not act as ladder fuel and is aesthetically pleasing.

Why plant native plants?
Native plants are beneficial to the Parkway by creating habitat for the birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects that call the forest of the Parkway home. In addition to creating habitat for native species mature growth shade out invading non-native plants, improve water movement through the soil, decrease the temperature of the surrounding area, and help to purify the air we breathe.

Why the lower American River?
Native plants were plentiful along the American River with the rich flood plain and ample water supply provided by the river. Through early agriculture, mining, flood mitigation, and urbanization projects in the Sacramento region much of the vegetation was removed, water flows were modified, and soil composition was altered leaving the ecosystem changed. Restoring native plant species to the Parkway fills that void created by settlement in the area. Bringing back the ecosystem that once flourished along the lower American River is a value the Parkway Foundation hopes to provide Sacramento area communities.

“Over 400 acres have been burned by fires on the 4,800-acre Parkway in the past four years. These fires pollute the air and waterways, threaten wildlife, and cost millions of dollars in damages. The Parkway Foundation has worked in specific sites to restore areas, including Sacramento Bar, Rossmoor Bar, and Northrop, ravaged by fires. These sites help to reduce the fuel load and provide visitors to the Parkway examples of what a thriving native ecosystem looks like.”

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