Join us for a special ReWild Mission Bay webinar in conjunction with Citizens Coordinate for Century III (C3) as we welcome Dr. Lisa Stratton, director of ecosystem management with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), for a presentation on the recently completed Ellwood-Devereux Coast project, a collaboration between UCSB, the City of Goleta, and Santa Barbara County that “rewilded” a seaside golf course into 665 acres of restored wetlands at the mouth of Devereux Creek.
Beginning in 2017, CCBER led the way on the tidal wetland restoration at what’s now called the North Campus Open Space (NCOS) at UC Santa Barbara, which restored the area’s native tidal mudflat, slough, and wetland habitat that had been present along the lower Devereux Creek watershed long before development transformed the area beginning in the 1960s.
Dr. Stratton will talk about the timeline and recent conclusion of the project, how the coalition arrived at funding and support, how the area was evaluated and returned to its original state, and how the restored habitat is being enjoyed today with the benefits to adjoining ecosystems and hydrology.
We can also draw clear parallels between the success of the NCOS restoration and our ongoing efforts as part of the ReWild Mission Bay campaign. Dr. Stratton will be available for questions and some conversation afterward. Join us Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Aerial photo of NCOS by Bill Dewey.