Location: Santa Barbara County
Project Type: Restoration
Habitat Type: coastal wetland
Assembly District: 37
Senate District: 19
UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER); Lisa Stratton 805-893-4158
The project is part of a coordinated effort to protect and restore 650 acres of contiguous coastal habitat (known as the Ellwood-Devereux Open Space) in perpetuity. Restoration of the slough results in the creation of 57 acres of wetland habitat, including 24 acres of intermittently tidal estuarine wetlands and 56 acres of upland and transitional habitat. The project improves water quality in the slough by removing the current golf course, provides increased buffer area for storm surges and predicted sea level rise, increases permeable surfaces, and expands the capacity of the Devereux Creek floodplain. Fill material removed from the property as part of restoration activities is facilitating restoration of the neighboring 69-acre property, which needs additional soil.
The acquisition of the 63-acre Ocean Meadows Golf Course property provides a critical connection between adjacent areas of protected open space and lower Devereux Slough. Restoration of the property provides an unprecedented opportunity to create a wildlife corridor linking the Goleta Slough to the east with the existing protected lands to the west and south of the project site. The site plans also included an interactive learning area as well as trails and boardwalks that will connect with the California Coastal Trail.