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This 122-acre property near Selma contains mixed evergreen forest, a healthy riparian forest along Clear Creek, lush meadows, small pockets of oak woodlands, and an open area known as a serpentine bald (unique soil conditions in the area are often too harsh for many plants to grow).
Clear Creek, a perennial stream, flows across the property and drains into Deer Creek, a major tributary of the Illinois River. Coho salmon, a federally-listed threatened fish, have been observed returning to spawn in this section of Clear Creek and the area is well-suited for rearing young salmon. The sinuous channel includes side channels, small islands and undercut vegetated banks under a shady riparian canopy, all excellent habitat for juvenile fish.
The stream supports winter steelhead and according to Rich Nawa, a fisheries biologist, the reach on the property is one of the healthiest valley floor riparian areas he has seen in the Illinois Valley.
Seeps, springs and a small pond also provide important wildlife resources.
The landowners have noted the following animals living on the property: black-tailed deer, black-tailed jackrabbit, bobcat, flying squirrel, gray fox, pack rat, porcupine, raccoon, ringtail, spotted skunk, striped skunk, black bear, and coyote.
Pacific giant salamander and California kingsnake, a Federal Species of Concern, are also notable residents. Pileated woodpecker, mountain quail (also a Federal Species of Concern), California quail, and a green heron use the property.
Raptors observed by the owners include Cooper’s hawk, golden eagle and a sighting of a northern spotted owl.