Floodplain praise

Chico-based River Partners wins award for its habitat restoration

River Partners, a local habitat-restoration organization, earned an award from the Floodplain Management Association during a recent conference in San Diego.

John Carlon, River Partners’ president, accepted the Award for Excellence, which recognized the organization’s efforts restoring ecosystems in California’s floodplains. The Chico-based nonprofit brings together ecologists, engineers, businesses and government agencies with the mission to create wildlife habitat that benefits people and the environment.

River Partners has restored more than 6,000 acres of river banks and floodplains, planting nearly 1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses along the many rivers of the Great Central Valley, including the Sacramento, Feather and San Joaquin rivers.