Habitat Restoration, Enhancement, & Protection

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Restoring and protecting our natural habitats

Various impacts ranging from past military and agriculture activity, to on-going sedimentation and trash inflow, as well as US/Mexico Border impacts, have resulted in regions of the Reserve with significantly degraded habitat. The Stewardship Program works on restoration, enhancement, and protection activities to conserve the Reserve’s most valued natural and cultural resources.

Examples of these efforts include: mulefat scrub restoration and enhancement downstream of Goat Canyon; coastal sage and maritime succulent scrub restoration on Bunker Hill; and Western snowy plover and CA least tern nesting area protection in the dunes of Border Field State Park. The Stewardship Program works with CA State Parks Archaeologists and Historians, and supports collaboration with Kumeyaay Native Americans to protect tribal cultural resources.

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ESI Alex Mouritzen works on habitat enhancement on Monument Mesa.