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project started right around the early years of the drought, she says, the team was able to change what she calls their “planting palette” to accommodate the lowered water table of the surrounding area. Officially, the grant-funded plant- ing and restoration project seeks to rehabilitate the “streamside and ripar- ian vegetation,” according to the SVC’s quarterly newsletter, Horizons. Barry Baba, a habitat restoration and land manager at Teichert, says he was called upon nearly three years ago by the SVC to help with the restoration and monitoring of the creek area. Baba says they helped with “passive restoration efforts” like planting Oregon ash, willow, valley oak, blue oak and live oak trees, among other types of plants and shrubs, as well as more aggressive restoration efforts, such as installing fences to help keep cattle out of the creek bed and improve the water quality for the native inhabitants, including salmon. Baba says his team will continue to work with SVC on the Deer Creek site for another two years, against encroaching invasive species. n Robin Epley is the former associate editor for Comstock’s. On Twitter @robin_epley. comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 47