The Restoration of Sand Point
The rehabilitation of Sand Point was the first of many restoration projects by our family. Simultaneously at the River Ranch, we restored the six acres of Jahant slough bottom and then concentrated on a portion of Gill Creek Slough in 1995. In 2004 we refocused on the Mokelumne River, beginning a riparian habitat restoration project that coincided with our participation in the Safe Harbor Agreement for Enhancement and Endangered Species Protection. In 2006 we had the opportunity to establish a wildlife lake at our winery, and in 2012 we completed a 20 acre riparian habitat restoration project with Audubon of California and Center for Land-Based Learning. Next we established a hedgerow with California native plant species long our Estate Sauvignon Blanc vineyard for soil stabilization and introduction of insects, pollinators and birds in 2014 and in 2015 we invited the Center for Land-Based Learning SLEWS students to establish native habitat along Jahant Woods Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.
Along the way we introduced native habitat buffer strips along vineyard headlands to encourage natural predators, established wood duck boxes in riparian areas, song bird, owl, and bat boxes and installed raptor piles for predatory birds in our vineyards.
This dedication to habitat conservation garnered attention from a various groups over the years, who have recognized us for our efforts, and also brought along awards.
- Recognized by Agriculture Education Foundation for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship.
- Recognized as the Sole Representative for the Agriculture Community in the Safe Harbor Agreement.