Virtual Guidebook to the Sacramento Valley
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Tehama County California


Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area, on the Sacramento River near Colusa, preserves a stretch of impressive riparian forest. Originally all of California's watercourses were fringed with riparian forest, but most have been converted to agricultural use or destroyed by the construction of levees.

This impressive tall forest consists of cottonwoods near the river and valley oaks further inland, as well as other species such as walnut and wild grapes. It was a rich habitat for Native Americans. A small campground here allows us to imagine what life might have been like for them here under the towering trees.



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At Woodson Bridge the Sacramento River flows between natural banks, no levees, covered with riparian forest.

(August 18, 2008)


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A riparian forest composed of towering cottonwood and valley oak trees on the Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge.

(August 18, 2008)


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Just upstream from Woodson Bridge on the Sacramento River there is a levee on the east bank. Most of the river is now enclosed by man-made levess like this.

(August 18, 2008)


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The riparian forest behind the natural levee at Woodson Bridge includes native walnut trees and sprawling grape vines.

(August 18, 2008)


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