This project is necessary for the restoration of Sentenac Cienega in Anza Borrego State Park area. The wetland restoration strategy will manage headwaters for multiple benefits beyond biodiversity conservation by engaging key community partners, programing recreation, life-long learning, economic development, and scientific inquiry. Baseline studies will inform the Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, identify target species for restoration, tailor strategies to minimize invasive species impacts, and engage regional stakeholders in planning.
CA Department of Parks and Recreation
The project objectives are:
• Survey the ecohydrology of the project area using Ground Penetrating Radar, remote sensing, and stable isotope analysis;
• Survey vegetation to identify plant communities resilient to environmental variability;
• Conduct vegetation establishment trials to develop restoration strategies;
• Collect baseline data on aquatic and avian species and their habitats;
• Identify opportunities to increase carbon sequestration and decrease vulnerability to climate change;
• Investigate opportunities for community engagement and conservation learning opportunities to improve local socio-economic conditions; and
• Use the collected information to develop an Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, including long-term monitoring and adaptive management.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):