The Project is to identify feasible restoration actions for full or partial tidal wetland restoration at the Burdell Unit of the Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area. Tidal wetland restoration at Burdell would connect historic tidal marshes along the Petaluma River and increase connectivity for several wetland-dependent species including salt-marsh harvest mouse, (Reithrodontomys raviventris), saltmarsh common yellowthroat, (Geothlypis trichas sinuosa), San Pablo song sparrow (Melospiza melodia samuelis), California Ridgway's rail, (Rallus obsoletus obsoletus), and California black rail, (Laterallus jamaicensis coturniculus). In order to assess the feasibility of restoring tidal wetlands to all or part of the approximately 720-acre Burdell Unit, funding will be use to complete a comprehensive study of current site conditions, assess several design alternatives, and determine the most feasible option for restoration at the project site, ranging from partial to full tidal restoration.
Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Specific objectives of this Project are to:
1. Complete an existing conditions analysis, to include: compiling of existing conditions documentation, preliminary site investigations, and an existing conditions report;
2. Complete preliminary design development, to include: development of goals and objectives, opportunity and constraints analysis, development of design alternatives, and evaluation of design alternatives; and
3. Complete a feasibility report to synthesize existing conditions analysis and preliminary design development into a final report deliverable that includes at least two 30% design alternatives.
Research/Planning (including Science)
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):