CAMP CADY FIELD AT HARVARD ROAD SAND BLOW REDUCTION

 

The District,in partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Bernardino County and Quail Forever, is working on a project to restore a portion of a Camp Cady grain field into operation. This field restoration will greatly diminish or possibly stop dune sand from blowing onto Harvard road in Newberry Springs. Every year Harvard road,a main road off of the 15 freeway, in Newberry Springs must be closed due to sand blowing across the road making it unsafe for traffic. This road stays closed for several days until the sand can be bulldozed onto the shoulder to allow traffic to continue. This closing of Harvard road happens several times per year in the winter and spring but especially in the fall. The planting of Sudan grass on this agricultural field up wind from Harvard road will not only work to diminish sand blow but provide a larger source of food and shelter for local wildlife.

 

Due to the discovered existence of the endangered Fringe toed Lizard in the vicinity of the proposed field extension, the forward momentum was delayed until the end of lizard breeding season. The San Bernardino County has agreed to supply the use of heavy equipment to spread the sand on the half field extension and a Newberry Springs farmer has agreed to plant Sudan grass seed to stabilize the soil and greatly impair or stop the sand blowing onto Harvard Road.