Native Grassland Restoration from Land Purchase Project

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Native grasslands, an environmentally sensitive habitat, are located on the City-owned Ellwood Mesa Open Space/Sperling Preserve. The distribution of this habitat is threatened by the colonization of nonnative annual plant species, invasive exotic plant species, trail establishment and use, and other factors. The intent of the restoration was to expand the existing native grassland resource into an area dominated by non-native plant species. A combination of planting and seeding techniques were implemented in fall 2008. Weeding and maintenance occurred under the supervision of URS biologists with oversight by the City of Goleta. If you have any questions regarding the restoration activities, contact Anne Wells, City of Goleta Advance Planning Manager, at 961-7500.