Iceplant, an invasive species common in coastal dune scrub ecosystems, covers much of the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve along the sandspit in Morro Bay. Iceplant crowds out native grassess, impacting the sensitive species that survive on them, such as the Federally Endangered Morro shoulderband snail and Western Snowy Plover. Iceplants’ shallow roots and heavy aboveground mass destabilizes the surface it covers, such as the sand spit, which will reduce flood and surge protection during the increased frequency and duration of storm events resulting from climate change and sea level rise.
CSLRCD works closely with the Morro Bay State Park and Morro Dunes natural preserve to treat a 660-acre area for Iceplant. CSLRCD also monitors the native plant populations to measure the efficacy of iceplant treatment.
Partners: MBNEP, City of Morro Bay
Funders: State Parks
RCD Contact: Hallie Richard, firstname.lastname@example.org