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Appearance of Large Patches of Wood Chips Explained


Several large sections of wood chips have recently appeared along Highway 99 north of Sacramento.

Some patches of the light tan wood chips are long, thin rectangles.   One patch is in the shape of a parenthesis and yet another looks like the state of Nevada.  The patches mark the future positions of hundreds of oak trees that will be planted near the highway in northern Sacramento County and southern Sutter County.  The trees are part of a beautification project.

“We’re going to plant them and then we’re going to maintain them for the first three years to make sure they get a good establishment and then they’re on their own," says Rochelle Jenkins with Cal Trans." And that usually works out really well especially considering the fact that they’re native there.”

Jenkins says there is an increased use of wood chips in such projects because the chips deter rodents and are less likely than grass to catch fire.  The California Conservation Corps is planting the trees.  The total project cost is $750,000. 
Bark piles north of Riego

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