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Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

  • 1278 Honey Run Rd, Chico, CA 95928
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The Butte Creek Eco­log­i­cal Pre­serve (BCEP) is a 93-acre site along the mid­dle sec­tion of Butte Creek. The site was for­mer­ly used for gold, sand and grav­el min­ing, and is recov­er­ing from those activities.

The prop­er­ty con­tains more than a mile of creek frontage, as well as habi­tat for many species of spe­cial sta­tus, includ­ing the West­ern Pond Tur­tle and Yel­low-legged Frog. Butte Creek is crit­i­cal salmon habi­tat and spawn­ing grounds for the largest pop­u­la­tion of Cen­tral Val­ley Spring Run Chi­nook, a state and fed­er­al threat­ened evo­lu­tion­ar­i­ly sig­nif­i­cant unit (ESU).

About the Butte Coun­ty Eco­log­i­cal Preserve 

The goal of the Pre­serve is to work in con­junc­tion with oth­er pro­grams toward achiev­ing a rea­son­able bal­ance among the diverse demands on the resource base of the Butte Creek watershed.

The Reserves have adopt­ed an adap­tive man­age­ment approach to man­ag­ing the prop­er­ty. Pro­gram areas at the pre­serve include habi­tat man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion, out­reach and edu­ca­tion, and research. The Pre­serve is open to the pub­lic year round.

The BCEP is man­aged by the Mechoop­da Indi­an Tribe of Chico Rancheria, which part­ners with Chico State to offer the BCEP as a hands-on learn­ing site for Chico State stu­dents in numer­ous dis­ci­plines as well as pro­vid­ing grounds for crit­i­cal research on water qual­i­ty, wildlife, fire pre­ven­tion, and oth­er areas of interest.