The Vineyard as Habitat
Preserving wildlife habitats is often an important consideration in vineyard development. From planning for wildlife corridors to conservation easements, Lake County growers and wineries are working to preserve the beauty of our land and abundant wild life.
Cache Creek Vineyards - Blending Vineyards and Wildlife
Other ways of preserving the land - Conservation Easements
Property owners can preserve their land for future generations with a conservation easement. Hear Kaj Ahlmann of Six Sigma Ranch talk about the conservation easement on the ranch.
Dig Deeper - THE VINEYARD AS HABITAT
Vineyards provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Because they can feed on grapes and damage vineyards, some vertebrate species are considered pests and therefore undesirable. However, pest species may attract other more valuable wildlife that prey on them.
Vertebrate predators observed in and adjacent to vineyards include striped skunk, raccoon, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, and mountain lion. Vineyards with cover crops can be islands for wildlife on California’s agricultural landscapes. They are attractive to wildlife for the same reason that alfalfa is in the Sacramento Valley.
Cover crops and alfalfa are resource-rich and available to wildlife for many years. Cover crops and other non-crop vegetation in and around vineyards such as hedgerows, natural woodlands, and riparian flora that provide habitat for wildlife also serve to connect habitat patches on agricultural landscapes. In addition, numerous bird species found in vineyards provide benefits by feeding on insect pests. (California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, Chapter 8 Ecosystem Management, page 12, Code Workbook, 3rd Edition)