The Success and Continued Challenges of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: A Grassroots Restoration

Rachael E. Salcido, Pacific McGeorge School of Law


The California Bay-Delta is in need of extensive ecological restoration. This article highlights the accomplishments of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area—a unique, grassroots project that reconciled potentially competing land uses to restore an important segment of the Pacific Flyway in northern California. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposes more expansive ecological restoration, calling into question the continued viability of the multi-use balance struck at the nearly 17,000 acre Wildlife Area. This article distills lessons from the conflict and argues that input from local governments is indispensable for future restoration success.