This summer, Sacramento Bar will be the site of our eighth salmon and steelhead river restoration projects on the American River. Construction equipment, such as bulldozers and loaders, will be in the river, as well as on the gravel bar.
The best vantage points to see the project will be across the river, between trail miles 18 and 19 in the Lower Sunrise and El Manto access areas. The project will be excavating a new side channel through the bar and lowering the floodplain, sorting and washing these excavated gravels, and adding the clean gravels to the river. Once finished, it will be an ideal area for salmon and steelhead to build their redds (“nests”), as well as providing protected nursery areas for the new young fish to grow bigger.
Construction will begin as early as August 1 and will be completed by September 30. Work will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This river restoration is being completed through a partnership of the Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Water Forum.
The oak woodland at Rossmoor Bar on the American River Parkway is being expanded. The project will increase the existing oak woodland (planted in 2009) nearly 14 acres. The temporary deer fence will be removed when the trees and shrubs have grown tall enough to withstand deer browsing. The red area on the map (with the star) is the expansion area, and will be fenced to keep the deer from eating the new seedlings. The black hatched area is the existing oak woodland area that was planted in 2009, and will remain unfenced
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