Slough Margin Restoration

Year: 

2002

Location: 

Immediately south of the bridge over the Devereux slough channel

Funding: 

Shoreline Preservation Fund: $13,000

Purpose: 

This site is located immediately south of the bridge over the Devereux slough channel.  The project area was dominated by a number of exotic shrubs such as AcaciaMyoporum, and large Eucalyptus trees.  Some native species such as Coastal Scrub Oak (Quercus agrifolia), Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana), and California brome (Bromus carinatus) occurred in the gaps and edges of the thick exotic vegetation. The exotic shrubs and trees were planted years ago for a landscape project.  The goal of the project was to restore the area with native coastal scrub species, improving the views from the public trail while visually screening the Devereux Foundation buildings.  All exotic brush species were removed, eucalyptus trees were trimmed to within 2 meters from the ground, and coastal scrub species and oak trees were planted.  All plants used in this restoration project, except the California Sunflower and Lemonade Berry, were propagated from seeds collected from plants found on the Reserve, and were grown in the Reserve greenhouse.  Seeds of the California sunflower were collected at Goleta beach and Lemonade Berries were collected at the UCSB’s north bluff because there was no source of seed for these species on the Reserve.  A professional arborist removed the trees and shrubs and the area was planted with natives with help of numerous volunteers of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Audubon Society.  A wood fence replaced a degraded barbwire fence along the slough margin at the completion of the project.