Condon Park - Vegetation Management & Forest Health Project

The project to remove invasive species, restore wildlife habitat, improve forest health, install interpretive signage, and create access through installation of walking paths and fencing around Peabody Creek was approved by the NCRCD Board of Directors on March 12, 2013.

The Condon Park Vegetation Management and Forest Health Project fulfills many of the NCRCD’s mission goals through conservation education, recreational land restoration, soil and water management, urban resource conservation, wildlife habitat enhancement, and more.  Working with the City of Grass Valley, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Sierra Pacific Industries, and other local companies, ensures that the NCRCD works closely within our community to address all conservation issues and meets the educational needs of the residents of Nevada County.

The NCRCD views this as a project that benefits the community of Nevada County.  Due to the overgrowth of the invasive species in this portion of the park, these three acres were not accessible by the public.  In addition to clearing the area, walking paths and interpretative/educational signage have been installed.  Wildlife habitat is a large component of the project with attention to retaining existing healthy areas and creating new ones for wildlife. Long-term maintenance is part of this project to ensure that the area remains accessible to Nevada County residents.

The benefits of this new open area within the park include: education regarding forestry health; increased botanical diversity of native plants by removing competitive invasive species; improvement of wildlife habitat; improving the forest stand within the park for fuels reduction and forest health; help stabilize erosion of Peabody Creek; and increase the recreational value of Condon Park.  The walking paths enable people to learn about native and non-native plants, wildlife habitat, erosion, and other resource conservation issues.

We'd like to thank all of the companies that worked to make this project an asset to the citizens of Nevada County:  Sierra Pacific IndustriesWeiss Landscaping, Grass Valley Pest and Weed Control, M.M. Reforestation, Trees Unlimited, Dennis Elliott & Daughter, and Tallac Applied Ecology & Design, LLC.

Click on the photos below to view the project from start to finish.