Why preserve Willow Creek and its Watershed?
Here are a few examples of upstream and downstream impacts:
Cattle grazing has occurred in the area for 125+ years. This and other impacts such as off-road vehicles, surface rock mining, and development have caused this high desert grassland and riparian corridor to become highly impacted. This has led to the loss of vegetative cover which leads to soil erosion and sedimentation into the creek, further rendering the habitats as unsuitable for local and migrating wildlife.
RIPARIAN and UPLAND HABITATS
One of the primary goals of our Preserve is to allow the habitat to heal through the fencing out of cattle and the preclusion of off-road vehicle use. Since fencing of the Preserve in October of 2008, the habitats are naturally restoring, the soil is stabilizing, and the numbers and diversity of wildlife and plants have increased substantially.