Bobcat Flat Phase 1

Bobcat Flat is 300 acres of riparian and in-stream habitat along 1 1/2 miles of the Lower Tuolumne River. The west section was restored instream for salmon and trout and the floodplain lowered and planted for riparian habitat.

Bobcat Flat is 300 acres of riparian habitat owned by Tuolumne River Conservancy (formerly Friends of the Tuolumne, Inc.), a land trust. The west section restoration began in 2005 and the planting was completed in 2006. During construction 9 acres of floodplain was excavated thus carving a bypass channel and high water scour channel approximately 2,000 feet long. After excavation, 11,000 cubic yards of cobble was placed in 2 acres of river restoring salmon and trout habitat. During 2006, 1,250 cuttings were planted using a D-8 crawler tractor that allowed planting them four feet deep. Results were outstanding. Another 1,200 potted plants were planted to provide a wide variety of native trees and herbs.

Funding was provided by CALFED Bay-Delta Authority; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, AFRP; the City and County of San Francisco; and the Stanislaus Fly Fishermen.