Yuba Sutter Disposal preserves habitat
Yuba Sutter Disposal, Inc. and the Ostrom Road Landfill
announced its alliance with Wildlands, Inc. to preserve and enhance over
200 acres adjacent to the Ostrom Road Landfill in southern Yuba County.
The preserve, known as the Best Slough Mitigation Bank, will be the first
vernal pool restoration/creation bank in Yuba County. Historic vernal
pools will be restored and permanently preserved as habitat for endangered
and threatened species.
Long term management of the restored habitats will be accomplished using
traditional cattle grazing and other land management tools that are the
backbone of Yuba County’s agricultural community.
“Our commitment to the environment goes beyond trash collection, recycling
and disposal,” says Yuba-Sutter Disposal Inc.’s general manager Dave
Vaughn. “We seek to maximize the ecological value of our land holdings
whenever possible.” The alliance with Wildlands, Inc. represents the
culmination of over five years of study to preserve and protect buffer
lands surrounding the landfill-including Best Slough.
With habitat construction set to begin in spring 2008, the preserve’s
first goal is to meet the vernal pool creation needs of the Three Rivers
Levee Improvement Authority for levee repair and construction work also
scheduled for this year.
Wildlands will be responsible for design, construction management and
long-term stewardship of the preserve. Active agriculture will remain
the predominant management tool of the preserve.