Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration: Implementation

Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration_ Implementation
Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration: Implementation

Building on the RCD’s planning efforts and restoration plan for the Los Osos Creek Wetland property, funding from the USFWS National Coastal Wetland Program, the State Coastal Conservancy, and the Wildlife Conservation Boards Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program, the RCD will implement restoration activities in fall 2021. 

Activities include the following: 

1.  Reconnect historic floodplain and wetland habitat—breach portions of levee, improve fish passage, decommission domestic well, and manage invasive species, which include Steelhead, California redlegged frog, Tidewater goby, Least Bell’s vireo, Morro shoulderband snail, Morro manzanita and Marsh sandwort.

2. Restore native coastal dune habitat—remove invasive vegetation, demolish existing upland infrastructure, decommission the upland homestead access road, and establish native species.

Once complete, 50 acres of wetland and 16 acres of coastal dune scrub habitat will be restored, and a key barrier to fish passage will be removed, enhancing habitat for Steelhead, Tidewater goby, California redlegged frog, Morro shoulderband snail, Least Bell’s vireo, Marsh sandwort and Morro manzanita.

Partners: MBNEP, NRCS, MCAS, CLC, SLO County, USFWS, SCC, WCB, CCC, Morro Dunes State Park

Funders: USFWS NWCW, SCC, WCB

RCD Contact: Hallie Richard, hrichard@coastalrcd.org

View photos from project, October 2020.

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