The Ellwood Mesa Open Space Plan and the City’s General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan identify the need for a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of monarch butterfly populations and supporting habitat and detection of trends in butterfly health, number, and behavior in the City. In response, the City prepared a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan and a 2018 Implementation Plan. [Background document: Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Habitat Assessment, (Althouse and Meade, Inc. 2013)]
For questions or comments related to the Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan, please contact Anne Wells, Advance Planning Manager at (805) 961-7557, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about visiting the Goleta Butterfly Grove (currently closed), please visit www.GoletaButterflyGrove.com. For more information about habitat management on Ellwood Mesa, please click here .
Purpose and Need
The purpose of the Butterfly Habitat Management Plan is to identify habitat improvement strategies to ensure long-term monarch butterfly population viability.
Funding for this project comes from an endowment from the land swap which created the City’s Ellwood Mesa Open Space as well as the City’s General Fund.
Past Public Outreach
Two joint Wildland Fire Plan and Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan Workshops were held at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 and October 13, 2011 to solicit input from the public as well as to educate the community on the Wildfire Plan and the future Monarch Butterfly Plan. Additional workshops were held in November 2012 and September 2013.
Workshop # 1 – February 23, 2011
Workshop #2 – October 13, 2011
The City conducted two further workshops in 2012 and 2013 dealing specifically with the Butterfly Habitat Management Plan.
Workshop #3 – November 29, 2012
Workshop #4 – September 26, 2013