The Project will provide habitat enhancement treatments including invasive species removal and/or revegetation that will occur over 33.67 acres within the larger project area totaling 117.78 acres. This treatment will have multiple benefits to watershed enhancement and restoration by improving habitat resiliency and supporting federal and state-listed species vulnerable to habitat loss due to projected sea level rise, least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) and southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), as well as other special-status species.
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
Objectives of this project are to Enhancement and/or restoration practices applied at selected sites will ultimately achieve the following goals: 1.) Maximize water availability in drainages by reducing water loss associated with transpiration by invasive species such as tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) and giant reed (Arundo donax); 2.) Reduce fire hazard associated with volatile invasives such as gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.); 3.) Ensure project sustainability by targeting known upstream source populations of invasive species; 4.) Reduce flooding by restoring current and projected floodplains; 5.) Improve habitat corridors and connectivity to improve resiliency to projected climate change; and 6.) Provide quality habitat for the federal and state endangered least Bell’s vireo and southwestern willow flycatcher, as well as other special-status species.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):