Anthony Castaños, the League’s land stewardship manager, recently captured this drone footage above our ongoing restoration at the Big River-Mendocino Old-Growth Redwoods project. This is a striking pan of the area, beginning at the mouth of the Big River with the city of Mendocino in the background, turning northward along the river itself, and ending toward the east with a view of the forest where we’re working. This landscape includes old-growth and second-growth redwoods. Our restoration is focusing on repairing culverts and thinning the second-growth areas to allow the larger trees room to grow and take on old-growth characteristics. We also installed two culverts on two different crossings to address the threat of erosion and streambank failure that would have pushed over 4,000 cubic yards of sediment into Big River, a Class I fish bearing stream.
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