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Rattlesnake Information

CA RattlesnakeThe weather calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.
California rattlesnake species include the northern Pacific rattlesnake (in northern California), and the Western Diamondback, Sidewinder, Speckled rattlesnake, Red Diamond rattlesnake, Southern Pacific, Great Basin rattlesnake and the Mojave rattlesnake (all found in Southern California). Though rattlesnakes are dangerous if provoked, they also provide humans with a tremendous service ? they eat rodents, other reptiles, and insects, and are in turn eaten by other predators.
The dos and don’ts in snake country:
First, know that rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas. They have been found near urban areas, in river or lakeside parks, and at golf courses. Be aware that startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively. There are several safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake.
• Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.
• When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
• Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.
• Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.
• Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.
• Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
• Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom.
• Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.

The Dog Bane Plant

Common and Scientific Names: Dogbane is the common  name of the plant: Apocynum cannabinum.  In Latin, Apocynum means "Away dog!" and cannabinum means "hemp like". 
What Does Dogbane Look Like? Dogbane has thin reddish stems that grow in spindly clumps up to three feet tall.  When dogbane is cut, the stems ooze a thick, milky liquid.   The leaves of Dogbane grow opposite from one another, and sometime three or more leaves grow in from one place.   Dogbane leaves are shaped like a spear-point, and have  smooth edges.  On the top the leaves are smooth and waxy; underneath they have downy white hairs.   Tiny white, cup shaped flowers are in clusters at the top of stems.  Dogbane flowers in late spring through the summer. Many small insects, such as bees and flies, pollinate the flowers. Dogbane seeds have white hairs and are found in two, long thin pods that hang downwards. Where is Dogbane Found? Dogbane habitat is found in moist areas, near rivers or streams, or along ditches. Warning! Dogbane is poisonous when fresh do not try to make string with fresh dogbane! Native Uses: Dogbane is an important plant to the Eastern Pomo because it is one of the few plants which cordage is made from. The twines cordage was used to make dance nets, dowry bags, tump lines for carrying baby baskets, and other uses. 

But why bring it up?  The Native Plant Nursery has about 80 tap roots and will be using them for future reparian projects.

 Some of the RREC projects
Hitch Monitoring                    Native Plant Nursery

Tribal Roads Repair                    Water Sampling






The Robinson Rancheria Recycling Center is now open Monday through Saturday




NEWLY ADDED!  Anthropological list of Library books!!! Check it out by just clicking on the library page button.

2009-2010 Grants

Throughout the year, we apply for many environmental grants.  Some of the new grants we have been approved for:
USEPA Grant for Biomass feasibility-this is to find out how much it would take to become wood pellet makers.
US Fish and Wildlife Grant This grant will focus on developing a Hitch fish captivity breeding program through a small-scale fish hatchery.  The project will also work with Big Valley Rancheria and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Rancheria on Hitch monitoring and tagging during the Hitch spawning and migration
USEPA Clean Water 106 Continue programs protecting the water
USEPA CWA 319 Base Continue Programs protecting the water
USEPA GAP- This is the base grant for the Environmental Center and also helps with our GIS/GPS Program
FHA Transportation Grant- What is the future transportation needs of the Robinson Rancheria community BIA Water Resources-Groundwater Model
BIA IRR- Making the roads on the reservation better

History and Description

The Robinson Rancheria Environmental Center is one of the first USEPA Tribal Environmental Programs established in Lake County 1998.  It was decided that an environmental program would be able to address environmental issues and concerns that the tribe was lacking in knowledge and experience.  The EPA-GAP Tribal Program would assist the tribe by doing research and data collection on those priority issues and concerns to protect, preserve and restore environ-mentally threatened areas  of the ecosystem.  In addition, to tribal environmental laws and regulations are applicable to safeguarding the tribal environmental resources and the health, safety and general welfare of the tribal community and what environmental laws and regulations the tribe can develop and enforce.


Environmental Planning
Recycling Buy-Back Center
Water Quality
Water Sampling
Wetland Development
GIS/GPS Mapping Program
Cultural Resource Management & Monitoring
Native Plant Nursery
Greenhouse Nursery

BIA Indian Reservation Roads (IRR)

RREC Contact Information
Location: 1645 East Highway 20
Nice, California 95464
Mailing: P.O. Box 1580
Nice, California 95464
Telephone: 707/275-0205
Fax: 707/275-0470