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Streambed Restoration Workshop 2016

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LEARN HOW TO:

  • SAVE MONEY
  • ADDRESS EROSION ISSUES BEFORE TROUBLE ARISES
    PROTECT AND ENHANCE LAND
  • PROVIDE NATIVE SPECIES HABITAT
  • LEARN NEW SKILLS
  • REDUCE EROSION AND RUNOFF
  • IMPROVE WATER QUALITY
  • CREATE STABLE STREAMBANKS
  • SCALE SOLUTION TO PROBLEM
  • USE LOCAL MATERIALS

October 17 - 20, 2016 | River Ridge Ranch, Springville CA

Presented by NRCS, Sequoia Riverlands Trust, River Ridge Institute Point Blue Conservation Science, and UC Cooperative Extension

WORKSHOP PURPOSE: CLICK HERE

Teach hands-on alternative, holistic techniques for avoiding and fixing common erosion problems that arise on foothill ranches.

  • learn how to maintain what you fix. Use onsite or easily-obtained materials, hand labor and/or common machinery to repair roads, gullies, banks, troughs and trails.
  • this workshop will be taught by experts, well-versed in on-the-ground, common ranching problems and needs.

You or your managers or helpers will:

  • learn how to “read” the land in order to avoid problems before making changes
  • understand how water works and how to have it work with you and for you
  • be able to use materials at-hand to make repairs using natural techniques
  • save $$
  • improve water quantity and quality
  • improve habitat and wildlife
  • increase the value of your land

The workshop will be limited to about 25 active participants. We will provide coffee and pastries each morning, bag lunches each day and full facility support. There will be an orientation and review daily and morning and afternoon work projects that teach repair techniques on real-world problems. We will end each day with a wrap-up and presentation from our Partners.

Estimated Active Participant cost is $75 for the entire workshop, all-inclusive.

Active participants are expected to perform the repair tasks and be able to walk one mile roundtrip daily. Shade, seating, water and toilet will be available at the work site.

Live music and dinner on the ranch on Wednesday, October 19th.

ABOUT CRAIG SPONHOLTS: CLICK HERE

Craig Sponholtz earned a Masters Degree in Agro-Ecological Restoration from Prescott College in 2005 and a Permaculture Designer’s Certificate at the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia in 2000. He spent a decade working throughout the western U.S. with the USDA Forest Service in wildland fire management and prescribed fire use. Craig has had comprehensive training in numerous stream and wetland restoration methods and continuously learns new techniques to incorporate into his work and teaching.

WORKSHOP AGENDA | OCTOBER 17-20, 2016: CLICK HERE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17

  • 10:00 AM - Begin Welcome and Introductions – Gary Adest, River Ridge Institute
  • 10:30-Noon - Reading the land: Watershed Patterns and Processes – Craig Sponholtz, Watershed
  • 12:30-1:30  - Lunch Session Point Blue Conservation Science - Climate Smart Restoration Framework and Rangeland Monitoring – Bonnie Eyestone, Point Blue Conservation Science
  • 1:30-3:30 - Circle J Norris Ranch Field Trip – Craig Sponholtz & Gary Adest
  • 3:30-4:00 - Travel back to River Ridge Ranch and adjourn for the day

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

  • 8:00 AM - Arrive – Coffee & Refreshments provided
  • 8:30-10:00 - Overview of erosion issues and streambed restoration structures – Craig Sponholtz - Craig will teach the class how to construct brush piles, one rock dams, media lunas, rock rundowns, log mats, Zuni bowls, and various other instream structures
  • 10:00-Noon - Practice Implementation – Craig Sponholtz will guide the class through building
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch Session NRCS Conservation Planning & EQIP – Joe Williams, USDA-NRCS
  • 1:30-4:00  - Practice implementation – Craig Sponholtz

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

  • 8:00 AM - Arrive – Coffee & Refreshments provided
  • 8:30 - Practice Implementation – Craig Sponholtz
  • 12:30-1:30 PM  - Lunch Session Partner Presentation – TBD
  • 1:00-4:00  - Practice Implementation – Craig Sponholtz
  • 6-9 PM - BBQ & Live Music Social at River Ridge Ranch Pavilion

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

  • 8:00 AM - Arrive – Coffee & Refreshments provided
  • 8:30-Noon - Practice implementation – Craig Sponholtz
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch Session Partner Presentation – TBD
  • 1:30-3:30 - Practice Implementation – Craig Sponholtz
  • 3:30-4:00 - Workshop Wrap-up – Craig Sponholtz & Gary Adest

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS: CLICK HERE

NRCS: With the motto “Helping People Help the Land”, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency within USDA dedicated to providing private landowners with financial and technical assistance through the Farm Bill. NRCS helps landowners address whatever natural resources concerns they may have to enhance ecosystem services including improved water quality and quantity, soil health, wildlife habitat, air quality, and plant vigor.

Point Blue Conservation Science: Point Blue Conservation Science is a non-profit scientific research organization that seeks to advance nature based solutions to climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats for wildlife and people, through science, partnerships, and outreach. In 2012, Point Blue partnered with NRCS to engage in the Rangeland Watershed Initiative where local partner biologists work hand in hand with farmers and ranchers to implement NRCS’s conservation practices that benefit soil, water, air, plants, and animals. The biologists monitor the impacts of those practices and help the farmer or rancher make informed management decisions on how to enhance and restore natural resources and ecosystem processes on their land.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust: Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is a regional nonprofit land trust dedicated to strengthening California’s heartland and the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. The wealth, productivity and beauty of this land inspire our work to conserve it for the prosperity and enjoyment of future generations.

River Ridge Institute: The practices that ranchers learn, use and share affect us all and River Ridge Institute was formed to teach our interested neighbors how to protect land while keeping it productive and, ideally, to increase its profitability in a sustainable way.


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