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Upland Landside Right-of-Way
Upland habitat on the landside right-of-way can be created through a levee modification called a planting berm. This modification can strengthen the levee on the landside while allowing a root-free zone above it with planting soil bermed on top. This condition is shown with more detail in Appendix Volume I: Design Guidelines, Chapter 5.
Planting on the landside slope can support trees, shrubs, and plant communities such as chaparral and desert scrub. The range in vertical structure in this habitat also encourages birds such as Cooper’s hawks and California towhees.