Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan

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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

For more information about visiting the Goleta Butterfly Grove (currently closed), please visit 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 Source

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.

Current Phase

The City has produced a Draft Butterfly HMP and 2018 Implementation Plan. The City will be hosting a public workshop on Thursday, August 16th at 6pm in the City Council Chambers.

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

Goleta Monarch Poster

Workshop #2 – October 13, 2011

Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Monarch Inventory Poster

The City conducted two further workshops in 2012 and 2013 dealing specifically with the Butterfly Habitat Management Plan.

Workshop #3 – November 29, 2012

Workshop Presentation

Ellwood Mesa-Sperling Preserve Open Space Butterfly Habitat Areas – November 2012 Update – Ellwood Mesa Butterfly Map

Public Comment and Scribe Notes

Workshop #4 – September 26, 2013

Workshop Presentation

Background Information Poster

Administrative Programs Poster

Monitoring, Research, and Adaptive Management Programs Poster

Natural Resources Management Programs Poster

Outreach Programs Poster