- Butte Valley National Grassland
Butte Valley National Grassland is a 18,425 acre (28.79 sq mi, or 74.56 km²)
United States National Grasslandlocated in northern California. Administered by the United States Forest Service, it is located in northern Siskiyou County, near the Oregonborder, between the communities of Dorris and Macdoel along U.S. Highway 97. It was dedicated in July 1991 as the nation's 20th National Grassland. It is administered as part of the Klamath National Forest, and is the sole National Grassland in California and in Region 5 (Pacific Southwest) of the Forest Service. Administrative offices are located in Yreka, California.
Description and history
The area is located in the
Klamath Riverbasin at an elevation of approximately 4200 feet (1,280 m). The annual precipitation is approximately 12 inches (30.f cm). It consists primarily of flat, sandy soils and a dry lake bed. The area includes 3,000 acre (12 km²) Meiss Lakeand sweeping views of the Cascade Rangeand Mount Shasta. The area attracted homesteaders in the late 19th century who ditched, drained, plowed, and grazed the land. Overuse caused a decline in productivity that was exacerbated by the drought of the 1930s. The U.S. government purchased submarginal lands in 1937. The lands were then administered by the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) which began stabilizing the land by planting of over 4,000 acres (16 km²) of crested wheatgrass. In the 1940s a portion of the area was used as bombing range. Grazing of the land continued until its designation as a National Grassland in 1991.
Current habitat on the grassland consists of open
sagebrush, rabbit brush, juniperand grasses. Bird watchingis a popular recreational activity. Birds found in the grassland include Sage Thrasherand Brewer’s Sparrow in the spring, summer and fall. Resident bird species include the Horned Larkand Lark Sparrow. Nesting raptors include Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Red-tailed Hawkand Swainson’s Hawk, drawn by resident rodents in the fields. Ferruginous Hawkhave successfully nested in recent years.
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/region-5/Wildlife/butte-valley-basin/index.shtml U.S. Forest Service site on Butte Valley National Grassland]
* [http://areas.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm?areaID=050512&CU_ID=1 Wildernet.org: Butte Valley National Grassland]
* [http://www.klamathbirdingtrails.com/Butte%20Grassland.html Oregon Birding Trails: Klamath Basin]
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