PROJECTS

The mission of the California Deer Association (CDA) is to improve the health and population of California’s deer herds and other wildlife through direct financial support from the public. To accomplish these ends the CDA performs work directly using volunteer help, awards funds directly to other organizations (government, non-profit and private) that have proposed projects that support habitat restoration and improvement, research, education, increasing public hunting opportunities, and securing conservation easements and acquiring land in critical deer range.

2015 Project Results

Rattlesnake Canyon Year Round Deer Water Project-

The continued work of the Chimineas Ranch Foundation to improve the Chimineas Deer Herd has become more critical with the ongoing drought. They will place a 5,000 gallon guzzler tank and adjacent water trough into an area of the Chimineas Ranch Ecological Reserve in zone A that does not current have a year round water … Continued

American Canyon Water Project-

A 5,000 gallon water tank in the Los Padres National Forest in zone A has rusted out and is not usable. The nearest water source for wildlife and local horsemen is 3 miles away. It will be replaced with two 2,500 gallon water tanks and adjacent troughs. Avenales Sportsmen’s will volunteer their labor to install … Continued

Chimineas Ranch Tractor-

California Deer Association will purchase a tractor for use on the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve (CPER) in zone A. This is a cost-effective way to continue habitat enhancements in this area as opposed to continued rentals for the same equipment. Chimineas Ranch Foundation personnel will be operating the tractor for use in wildlife water enhancement … Continued

Water for Wildlife-

This project was funded as part of an ongoing effort on the part of Water for Wildlife, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water for the wildlife residing in the East Mojave for the past ten years. Due to the restoration of guzzlers and springs, populations of deer in zone D17 as well as bighorn … Continued

Monitoring Desert Mule Deer Using DNA-Based Capture-Recapture Methods-

The deer in zone D12 are difficult to monitor due to their location and behavior; they exist at very low densities, are patchily distributed, and are reluctant to leave cover. Yet hunters and conservation groups have expressed concerns regarding the understanding and management of deer within that zone as they produce some of the largest … Continued

Aerial Telemetry Support for Monitoring and Management of Mule Deer-

This award helps to support the second year of a five year project to increase the precision and accuracy of population monitoring while reducing the risks to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) personnel. By supporting CDFW in their efforts to gather mule deer population information in zone X9a and X9b using aerial telemetry, … Continued

Ewing Reservoir Prescribed Burn-

Ewing Reservoir in the Hayfork Valley in zone B2 has an oak woodland that is getting invaded by conifers, as is common for areas that have experienced fire suppression for the past 80 years. The Bureau of Land Management would like to bring a prescribed fire into the area to increase the health of the … Continued

Removal of Noxious Weed from Calaveras County-

Five sites of Calaveras County in zone D5 have infestations of French Broom, a woody shrub that originate in Mediterranean Europe and is considered a noxious weed in California with a high potential negative impact in areas it grows. Calfauna will launch an effort to remove the plant from these areas starting with cutting them … Continued

Round Valley Mule Deer Critical Winter Range Bitterbrush Rehabilitation-

The Round Fire burned over 6,000 acres in February 2015. Nearly all of the burned area is identified as critical mule deer winter range for the Round Valley Herd. The Bureau of Land Management will plant antelope bitterbrush seedlings that were propagated from the local area into the Round Fire burn area. This will establish … Continued

Five Cent Prescribed Burn-

This project has many of the same aspects as the Ewing Reservoir Prescribed Burn. The US Forest Service will reintroduce fire into a landscape of oak woodland in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, zone B2. This will increase deer utilization in this area by stimulating the growth of palatable vegetation.

Round Valley Deer Herd Swall Meadows Habitat Restoration-

The Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) will be working within their conservation easements to replant antelope bitterbrush into the area, much like the Round Valley Mule Deer Critical Winter Range Bitterbrush Rehabilitation project being conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. ESLT will consult with nearby land managers to best manage the replanting so that, … Continued

Pacific Deer Herd Survival Study-

The Pacific Deer Herd in zone D5 migrates through El Dorado and Placer counties in densely vegetated areas. The environments these deer prefer make it difficult to use aerial telemetry to estimate their exact population, though it is most likely declining. Last year 20 VHF collars were deployed onto deer and will last for 4 … Continued

2014 Project Results

Aerial Telemetry Support for Mule Deer-

This award helps to support the first year of a five year project to increase the precision and accuracy of population monitoring while reducing the risks to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) personnel. By supporting CDFW in their efforts to gather mule deer population information in zone X9a and X9b using aerial telemetry, … Continued

Spring and Guzzler Restoration-

This project was funded as part of an ongoing effort on the part of Water for Wildlife, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water for the wildlife residing in the East Mojave. Due to the restoration of guzzlers and springs, populations of deer in zone D17 as well as bighorn sheep, quail, and chukar now … Continued

Lower Cottonwood Creek Guzzler Project-

The Lower Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area in zone A has little to no free standing water. The condition of the single existing wildlife guzzler is too poor to maintain, so California Deer Association will purchase a replacement tank for the area and California Department of Fish and Wildlife will install it. Deer and other wildlife … Continued

Beaverside Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment-

The US Forest Service will be conducting a manzanita and Douglas-fir mastication in oak woodland to allow deer easier access to water, feed, and cover in Six Rivers National Forest, zone B1. The project will also include an understory burning to target encroaching conifer and old growth ceanothus in oak woodland, which are not palatable … Continued

Windmill Repair-

This windmill repair was an emergency effort that was accomplished through a partnership between the non-profit organizations Water for Wildlife and the California Deer Association. The windmill is located on the Mojave National Preserve, zone D17, is the only water source for at least a mile in any direction, and has been heavily used by … Continued

Knoxville Wildlife Area Grassland Restoration-

Yellow-start thistle and medusa head are noxious invasive weeds, and are general unpalatable to most wildlife species while their thick growth leave little opportunity for deer movement or fawning. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will remove these species from the Knoxville Wildlife Area in zone A by an initial controlled burn, then … Continued

Black-Tailed Deer Population Assessment-

This population study will gain information for the population of deer re-inhabiting the Grasslands Ecological Area in the San Joaquin Valley, zone A. Once there is a good understanding of how many deer there are in the area better managements can be made with the possibility of opening the area to hunting if there is … Continued

Point Ranch Conservation Easement-

In an effort to ensure that high-quality migration corridors, holding areas, and summer range habitat remain available for use by the East Walker and Mono Lake deer herds, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust will purchase a 2,500 acre conservation easement at the south end of Bridgeport Valley of Mono County in zone X12. This property … Continued

Carson River Deer Herd Telemetry Project-

The Carson River Deer Herd is an interstate deer herd, which inhabits portions of El Dorado, Alpine, and Mono counties, plus Douglas County in Nevada. The herd has shown a steady population decline. The reasons for this decline are changes in habitat, predation, road kill and other factors. This project will capture female Mule deer … Continued

Canada de los Osos (CDLO) Ecological Reserve Education Room-

The purpose of this project is to enhance educational opportunities for students working on field projects at CDLO Ecological Reserve. The equipment purchased for the newly completely education room will help enhance education for high school and college students about the outdoors, wildlife management practices, and wildlife research.

East Boundary-Buck Prescription Burn Project-

The East boundary of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in zone B2 has experienced significantly more frequent natural fire episodes. A prescribed burn in this area will reduce hazardous fuel profiles and buildup within and along this boundary to both help protect he communities of West Redding and Shasta, CA and promote local pine-oak woodland habitat … Continued

Highway 89 Stewardship Team/California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Collar Refurbishment-

As part of their ongoing efforts to mitigate deer/vehicle collisions on Highway 89, the Highway 89 Stewardship Team and CDFW has been evaluating highway crossings, effectiveness of underpasses and fencing, and identifying migration corridors, summer and winter ranges, and fawning grounds used by the Loyalton-Truckee Deer Herd in zone X7a. To help this effort California … Continued

3 Gates Year Round Deer Water Project-

There is currently no water source for a section of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve in zone A. The Chimineas Ranch Foundation will place a new storage tank and adjacent trough with 4000 feet of pipeline terminating at a second trough to maximize the availability of water to the deer in the area.

Pacific Deer Herd Telemetry Project-

The Pacific Deer Herd in zone D5 migrates through El Dorado and Placer counties in densely vegetated areas. The environments these deer prefer make it difficult to use aerial telemetry to estimate their exact population, though it is most likely declining. VHF collars, which last 4 years, will be attached to deer in the summer … Continued

Musser Hill Wildlife Enhancement-

Old and decadent brush field of manzanita and ceanothus are widespread on Musser Hill, northeast of Weaverville, CA in zone B2. To reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, the US Forest Service will go forward with an understory mosaic burn. This will also encourage re-sprouting and re-growth of herbaceous plants and grasses that are exceedingly … Continued

2013 Project Results

Highway 139 Motorist and Deer Safety Project-

There is a specific 10 mile stretch of Highway 139 in zone X2 and X1 that is an area of high risk for deer/vehicle collisions during the winter. This purchase of two changing message signs that will act as a temporary warning to drivers during that time will hopefully reduce the number of collisions. Caltrans … Continued

Chimineas Ranch 28 Tank Project-

The Red Rock Canyon area of the southern half of the Chimineas Ranch Ecological Reserve has been without a year-round water source for wildlife for more than 15 years. This ongoing project in deer zone A has provided some new water sources in this area in the past 2 years. This year, the Chimineas Ranch … Continued

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) Project-

The BCCER is a 3,950 acre reserve which supports 140 different wildlife species, including deer and other animals that require large areas of undisturbed habitat. The CSU Chico Foundation submitted this project to manage vegetation to generate deer browse and increase habitat diversity for 50 acres of land on the reserve. Deer in zones A1, … Continued

Water for Wildlife Guzzler Restoration-

This project was funded as part of an ongoing effort on the part of Water for Wildlife, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water for the wildlife residing in the East Mojave. Due to the restoration of guzzlers and springs, populations of deer in D17 and D12 zones as well as bighorn sheep, quail, and … Continued

Complex-Jawbone Critical Mule Deer Winter Range Habitat Improvement-

The Jawbone Ridge area in the Stanislaus National Forest, in zone D6, is home to the highest concentration of wintering members of the Tuolumne Deer Herd, but the brush in much of the area has become so dense that there are a reduced number of travel corridors for the deer. The US Forest Service is … Continued

Merrill’s Landing Wildlife Area Native Grass Restoration-

Merrill’s Landing was overrun by yellow star-thistle, a noxious weed which makes the area unusable for wildlife. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has removed the weed and will use the help of CDA to purchase native seeds to restore the land to its former habitat type, which will make both forage and fawn … Continued

Rush Fire Mule Deer Habitat Restoration-

This project provides bitterbrush and mahogany seedlings for replanting in the Rush Fire area, in zone X5b, as part of a three year collaboration between CDA, BLM, and CDFW. These plants are native to the area and will provide critical browse and cover for wildlife in 31 of the acres damaged by fire.

Fish Meadow and Oak Woodland Restoration Project-

Fish Meadow in the Klamath National Forest, in zone B2, is overrun by madrone and conifer stands that prevent younger plants which are preferred deer browse, from growing. They are also preventing surrounding oak trees from providing adequate cover for the animals. Both the madrone and conifers will be removed from the area by the … Continued

Pinchard Creek- Meadow Habitat Enhancement-

This project and the Fish Meadow Restoration are both very similar in that the US Forest Service will be reducing conifers to enhance meadow habitat for deer. For the 80 acres that will be treated in Pinchard meadow, in zone D3, the enhancement will also reduce fire risk and help to stabilize a nearby stream … Continued

Highway 89 Stewardship Team-

This award was a general support for the Highway 89 Stewardship Team to continue its efforts in preventing deer/vehicle collisions along highway 89. The highway is a standard example of roads across America where deer/vehicle collisions are a pervasive threat. The stewardship team is gathering information and creating preventative measures that will help to mitigate … Continued

Highway Restoration-

The Tulelake chapter of CDA has cleared brush and trees from the side of highway 139 on private lands, with landowner permission. This project will allow Cal Fire crews to finish the work within US Forest Service lands along a 5 mile stretch of road in zones X2 and X1.

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area Habitat Enhancement-

The Yuba County Fish and Game Commission in conjunction with CDA North Valley and Gridley Chapter volunteers will place one mile of linear fence up to start rotating cattle through Daugherty Hill on a two year off, one year on cycle in order to manage the vegetation growing in the area. This type of vegetation … Continued

2012 Project Results

On Saturday, June 16, the CDA Project Committee held its annual meeting to review 30 projects submitted by various agencies, groups and individuals.  After the review was complete, the Committee voted to fund 15 projects.  These requests were seeking funds generated from the hard work of CDA chapters at their 2011 banquets.

Your CDA dollars will support projects around the state and in many deer zones.  The zones these projects will benefit are A, B1, B2, C1, D3, D17, X1, X3A, X3B, X6A, X6B, X8, X9A, and X12.  The recommended 15 projects went to the CDA Board of Directors at their July 10 meeting where they were given final approval.  The following is a brief description of the projects approved for funding for the 2012 year;

Black Rock Aspen Restoration

The Black Rock Aspen Restoration Project will restore approximately 3,000 acres of critical deer habitat in the Black Rock area. Aspen and meadow habitat enhancement will be accomplished by thinning out conifers and fencing in young aspen growth so cattle do not limit aspen regeneration prior to maturing. The project will work on restoring meadow … Continued

South Ash Valley Habitat Restoration

This project will restore mule deer habitat through the removal of western juniper on 600 acres of BLM-managed land within a 5,500-acre planned treatment area. The removal of juniper will allow for the shrub community, bitterbrush, and mountain mahogany to re-vegetate. The watershed will also be restored, making a dramatic improvement to critical deer habitat. … Continued

Five Cent Gulch Burn

Enhancing habitat quality for the Weaverville Deer Herd by stimulating re-sprouting and re-growth of shrubs and promoting growth of herbaceous plants and grasses is the purpose of this project. Prescribed underburning will be used to remove the widespread decadent brush fields of Manzanita and ceanothus, thereby resulting in the re-growth and improving the suitability of … Continued

Canada de los Osos (CDLO) Youth Education

Funds for conference and meeting room equipment at CDLO will be provided with this project. CDLO has been providing and expanding youth outdoor education programs and events over the last five years. The equipment will be used for youth and adult outdoor and resource education programs. The DFG Hunter Education black-tailed deer and wild pig … Continued

Chimineas Ranch 28 Tank Project (Section 28)

The Red Rock Canyon area of the southern half of the Chimineas Ranch Ecological Reserve has been without a year-round water source for wildlife for more than 15 years. This ongoing project will repair an old pipeline and add new pipeline to supply an existing 500-gallon water trough that has been dry since the 1990s. … Continued

Beaver Ridge Prairie Restoration

This project will restore historic prairies and oak woodland at Beaver Ridge in the Lacks Creek Management Area. Encroaching Douglas fir trees will be removed and fire will be reintroduced. The project will take place in the B1 deer zone in Humboldt County and was submitted by the Bureau of Land Management.

Carson River Deer Herd Study

The Carson River Deer Herd is an interstate deer herd, which inhabits portions of El Dorado, Alpine, and Mono counties, plus Douglas County in Nevada. The herd has shown a steady population decline. The reasons for this decline are changes in habitat, predation, road kill and other factors. This project will capture female Mule deer … Continued

Water for Wildlife Spring and Guzzler Restoration

Some water sources, which include springs and guzzlers, will be restored by this project in the East Mojave, including the Mojave National Preserve, in order to ensure a stable water source for its wildlife. This will provide water for deer, bighorn sheep, quail, chukar, dove, and non-game animals. The project will take place in the … Continued

Fish Meadow and Oak Woodland Restoration

The Fish Meadows Restoration Project will thin conifers and madrone trees to reduce competition to oaks, reduce meadow encroachment, and decrease the chances for high-intensity fires. Small openings will be created throughout the area to improve habitat for large and small game animals. The result of this project will increase acorn production from oaks; stimulate … Continued

Mt. Hough Deer Habitat Improvement Burn

This project will help revitalize mule deer summer and winter range habitat for the Sloat Deer Herd through prescribed fire within a large brush field (728 acres), which was created by wildfire more than 50 years ago. The burning will allow for improved deer access, forage availability, renewed plant vigor, nutrition, and browse palatability. The … Continued

Estimating Black Bear Population Size and Density in the Eastern Sierra

Understanding the eastern Sierra black bear population is critical to the management of both bear and mule deer populations. Recent research suggests that an increasing bear population could result in the removal of a high proportion of fawns less than four weeks old, resulting in lower fawn recruitment and reduced deer population levels. This study … Continued

Frenchman Work Center Aspen Hand Thin

This project will help improve the deer fawning and foraging habitat in the five areas of aspen stands near Frenchman Lake and northwest of the lake by removing the thick undergrowth of conifers in the aspen stands. It will improve the overall health of aspen habitats, promoting regeneration of the aspen which, over time, have … Continued

Northeast Warner

Vast numbers of junipers have encroached in areas of the Northeast Warner Mountains of Modoc County, competing with sage, mahogany, bitterbrush, and aspen stands. The junipers will be cut from these areas, increasing forage for deer and elk, as well as reducing the fuel available for high-intensity fires. This project will take place in the … Continued

Slapjack Meadow Habitat Enhancement

The purpose of this project is to restore and enhance meadow habitat for the Mooretown Deer Herd, including summer range and migratory routes. Meadows provide valuable summer forage for deer in the lower elevations. Conifers will be thinned and/or removed from within and around meadows. This project will take place in the D3 deer zone … Continued

McCloud Highway 89 Guzzler

During spring, summer, and fall deer stay in an area west of McCloud due to its good feed and cover, but the deer there are forced to cross Highway 89 because of a lack of water on the highway’s north side. Many deer have been killed by motor vehicles in this location. To help reduce … Continued