The Refugio Creek Mouth restoration project is located at the mouth of the creek at Refugio State Beach, on State Parks property. The goal of the project is to increase the habitat and ecological value of the mouth of Refugio Creek by removing non-native flora and through the planting of native flora along the banks. The project will allow volunteers and visitors of the State Beach to learn about habitat restoration and the importance of the Refugio Creek Watershed.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Refugio Projects Begins!

The Refugio Creek Mouth Restoration project is now under way. The removal of the non-native trees and shrubs from the site was completed this week. The project area on either side of Refugio Creek will be planted with over 3,000 native container plants following our first winter rains. Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer events.

Above a before (top) and after photo of the site. Non-native species that were removed from the creek banks include, palms, eucalyptus, myoporum and pepper trees. The non-native vegetation was mulched on site and will be used around the newly installed native plants at the time of planting to help shade out weeds and maintain soil moisture.

From the bridge looking downstream shows a number of native riparian trees, willows and cottonwoods that were existing and maintained on site. 
Another vantage of the Refugio Creek Mouth site.