Middle Steward Canyon Creek in the Ventura River Watershed is critical habitat and a high priority for the recovery of southern California steelhead. Invasive plant species are a threat to the creek and its aquatic species including steelhead. The 683 identified non-native trees demand more water then native trees, which contributes to decreased surface flow in the creek, increased monoculture as they out-compete local species, and created fire-prone conditions. Eucalyptus trees drop a thick layer of oil-containing leaves that inhibit other plant growth and is toxic to aquatic life. Funding for this project will be used to remove all invasive trees and plant native species to recreate a functioning 100-foot riparian buffer on both sides of the creek.
City of Ojai
The expected results of the project are: increase stream volume and surface flow, improve water quality, reduce water temperatures by increased shading, eradicate non-native plant species, increase native plant and animal (aquatic and terrestrail) diversity and eliminate migration barriers created by the presence of non-native woody debris. These objectives should help restore middle Stewart Canyon creek to a functioning stream.
Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Technical Assistance
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):