Mud Creek Habitat Recovery

The site at Mud Creek is an important habitat for a wide variety of edible and medicinal plant species for the Maidu people. It is currently grossly undermanaged and the Maidu Summit wishes to restore and improve this site using Maidu Traditional ecological Knowledge (TEK). Our disadvantaged community lacks sources for traditional food gathering that is healthy and well-managed. The Maidu Summit will be granted ownership of this area by PG&E within the next two years along with a comprehensive vegetation management program; critical to long-term recovery of the stressed species found there. Components of the program include: 1) General wetland cleanup and hand treatment of dead and dying woody materials; 2) Willow treatment; coppicing and debris removal; 3)Understory management and thinning; 4) Plant population studies; for community health; 5)Water quality studies; for community health; 6) Monitoring of change to growth patterns; before and after; and 7) Final report of project details and outcomes. Site enhancements predicted for this site include: roughly 200 acres of recovered critical habitat for special plant species that provide the Maidu People with medicine; traditional food and basketry materials. Improvements to water quality on this site and to the immediate down-stream water users (community of Chester and important bird habitat near Lake Almanor causeway).
Attached is a list of the plants we would nurture giving their scientific names; Mountain Maidu names and usages.
Sponsoring Agency
Maidu Summit Consortium
Primary Contact
Kenneth Holbrook; Executive Directo
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Supplemental Information
The project will validate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) through monitoring of growth patterns; before and after; as a valid way to caretake the land. Will educate others on the usage of TEK with scientific data to back it up.
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Agricultural land stewardship, Economic incentives, Ecosystem restoration, Forest management, Land use planning and management, Outreach and engagement, Sediment management, Water and culture, Watershed management
Project Objectives
Address economic challenges of municipal service providers to serve customers, Address water resources and wastewater needs of DACs and Native Americans, Build communication and collaboration among water resources stakeholders, Continue to actively engage in FERC relicensing within the Region, Coordinate management of recharge areas and protect groundwater, Encourage municipal service providers to participate in regional water management actions, Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs, Improve coordination of land use and water resources planning, Improve efficiency and reliability of water supply and infrastructure, Reduce potential for catastrophic wildland fires in the region, Restore natural hydrologic functions, Work with counties/communities/groups to maintain capacity for water-related projects
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Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Drought Preparedness, Environmental Justice, Generation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. green technology), Native American Tribal Communities
Project Owner

To the owner of Mud Creek Habitat Recovery

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  • TAC-3 1 file Added 27 Aug 2016 Mud Creek habitat recovery