Results and Accomplishments
The collaborative has been instrumental in launching exotic pest eradication and invasive species removal programs over the past three years that targets the treatment and removal of veldt grass, pampas grass, European beach grass and other invasive species. Areas subject to treatment are entered into a database of land management units that are used to set criteria for restoration activities using GIS technology.
A Western Snowy Plover Educational Program was developed and implemented with CD ROM kit materials being distributed to agencies and land managers throughout the endangered species range. A Plover brochure and K-12 grade activity guide has also been developed and distributed as part of an after school program.
Endowment funds have also been used to design an interpretive center currently being constructed at the
Center in the community of Guadalupe California. The parking areas at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve have been repaired and a series of management projects implemented. Also, an Interpretive Master Plan has been developed for the Center for Natural Lands Management and is currently being implemented.
The Collaborative has also sponsored annual scientific symposia for two years in a row that bring together members with a technical expertise in dune restoration with the lay public and interested agency personnel.
The Collaborative has also developed a Needs List to respond to the core goals and objectives of its dune restoration and visitor services focus.