Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

We inspire and partner with our community to protect the natural resources and agricultural future of our District.

2019 CDFA AMMP Funding

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CDFA will offer a third round of Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) grants for 2019. This grant awards a maximum of $750,000 for flush to scrape conversion, installation of a manure separator, or pasture management (including compost bedded pack barn construction). For additional information or technical assistance to submit a grant, please contact William Hart.  or 707-823-5244

Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP)

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California’s agricultural sector is a vital part of the California economy and California’s agricultural production is critical to global food security. Agricultural operations are also vulnerable to climate change. As the State moves forward to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals for 2030 and 2050, we must also ensure that the agricultural sector remains vibrant and strong. The installation of onsite renewable energy offers agricultural operations an opportunity to reduce GHG emissions, increase energy reliability, and realize the benefits associated with reduced demand for grid electricity. To support this opportunity, the California Energy Commission is implementing the Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP).

More information here.

2018 North Bay Dairy Needs Assessment


A needs assessment is currently being offered to determine the critical needs of North Bay dairies and help develop UCCE’s Dairy Advisor program to promote industry sustainability. Complete the survey and the UCCE Dairy Advisor, Randi Black will send you a $25 Friedman’s gift card! The survey can be taken online or you can return the completed survey sent to you a few weeks ago; postage is already paid! If you need a new survey, contact Randi.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and all information will be kept strictly confidential.

If you have already filled out the survey, thank you! If you have yet to receive your gift card, please email Randi Black.

Take the Survey!

Of Creeks and Geeks

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“Frankly if we had another year of drought, that fish could be gone,” reported Dr. Robert Lusardi, a research ecologist and salmon expert with UC Davis.

“The key to restoring steelhead trout and salmon is promoting the habitats,” Lusardi said.

He identified numerous areas where California could work to ensure that the state’s salmon population isn’t totally wiped out within 50 years, as he emphasized, for example, a critical need to re-establish floodplains along the Yolo River.

Similar projects in the North Bay have appeared to bear some good results.

In Sonoma County, the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District worked with the Thomas Creek Ranch Homeowners Association to restore lower Green Valley and Thomas creeks in Forestville as a winter coho salmon wetland habitat several years ago. Only recently, in the aftermath of the last drought, have those efforts borne fruit.

In Marin County, meanwhile, officials are cheering the performance of newly restored floodplains on Lagunitas Creek, one of the most productive coho salmon creeks in the state.

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Source:  Tom Gogola, Pacific Sun, March 14, 2018