Restoration work to begin at Capay Open Space Park

Yolo County and its partners, the Yolo County Resource Conservation District and Cache Creek Conservancy, received a grant from the California Nature Resources Agency for improvements to the Capay Open Space Park at 15063 County Road 85 in Esparto.

This grant allows the partners to initiate creek and grassland habitat restoration and install new park signs and interpretive panels highlighting the history and natural landscape of the area.

The funds for the grant are from the California River Parkways Program, a state program for acquisition, restoration, protection and development of river parkways.

Interpretive signage will be developed for the four-panel kiosk near the trailhead at the Capay Open Space Park. The panels will include a timeline of the region, information about the area, its resources, and natural and human history. Nancy Ullrey, Cache Creek Conservancy/Courtesy photo

“This grant allows us to continue the restoration work at the park that began almost 10 years ago,” said Heather Nichols, executive director of the Yolo County Resource Conservation District.

Capay Open Space Park opened in 2008. The 41-acre park site was donated to Yolo County in 2004 by Granite Construction, which operates a nearby gravel quarry.

“Over the next three years, we will be planting native grasses, flowers, trees and shrubs in the park to make it more enjoyable for people and provide better habitat for the wildlife,” Nichols said.

Grassland habitat enhancement will include pollinator planting over a half-acre and management techniques such as burning to promote native species, encourage nutrient cycling and improve soil health.

Yolo RCD also will work on almost 5 acres of riparian habitat restoration and enhancement and 4 acres of oak savanna restoration.

The Cache Creek Conservancy will assist with the restoration and enhancement by organizing community planting days and installing new park signs, a trailhead map and kiosk panels near the…

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