about the project
Central California Valley
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Davis Ranches is located along the mid-Sacramento River, just south of Colusa. The farm is a diversified operation, with primarily rice production along with walnuts and row crop fields. The property is located adjacent to the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, a 70,000 acre wetland refuge that provides habitat for numerous migratory birds and aquatic species. Davis Ranches has worked to promote habitat on their land, extending the benefits of this refuge and providing critical support to the species of the Central Valley.
Since 2010, managers at Davis Ranches have established over 40 acres of monarch and pollinator habitat. Their goal is to restore 100 acres of native habitat over the coming years. This habitat consists of hedgerows and habitat areas alongside fields and near the farmhouse, where some native habitat restoration has already occurred.
The farm has a legacy of conservation practices. They hold the first Safe Harbor Agreement for the valley elderberry longhorn beetle, allowing managers to improve and manage the beetle’s habitat without additional regulatory burden. In addition, farm managers have restored riparian strips along creeks and perennial canals, and have adopted practices to support species and sustainability on the farm.
Scoring Habitat Attributes
The HQT tracks a number of habitat attributes that are important to the species. Over time, restoration actons will improve these attributes and benefit our target species. We track progess against our projections below.