Santa Cruz Island Oak Riparian Enhancement Project

Location: Santa Barbara County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Current

Habitat Type: Riparian

Cost: $30,000

Area Affected: 1.5 acres

Assembly District: 35

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 23

Project Lead/Grantee:
The Nature Conservancy (John Knapp; jknapp@tnc.org)

The Santa Cruz Island Oak Riparian Enhancement Project will enable The Nature Conservancy to plant coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) and Island scrub oak (Q. pacifica) trees in areas where Eucalyptus trees have been removed. These oak plantings will occur in riparian areas of three key watersheds (Cañada del Medio, Cañada del Portezuela, and Cañada del Puerto) that drain into the recently restored Prisoner’s Harbor wetland on Santa Cruz Island. Planting the recently stripped riparian corridors with native species will help outcompete non-native species, and reduce erosion and excessive sediment deposition to the downstream wetland.