Soil Remediation Site

Year: 

1980

Location: 

Access D

Purpose: 

This project is located on the west boundary of the Reserve in the 40 acres that were added to the Reserve in 1998.  The area was replanted in the 1980’s after a remediation project to clean up the soil.  The origin of the plants used to replant the area is unknown, but it is clear that they came from a variety of locations.  For example, the Lupine arboreus has a yellow flower and is native to Monterey.  The coastal golden bush is much taller than the variety native to the Reserve and has a different leaf shape.  These plants that originated from non-local populations can hybridize with the Reserve’s natural populations and alter the local gene pool.  Ideally the vegetation in this area should be removed and the site restored with local genotypes.