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Contact: Jane Rodgers, 415-464-5190
In an effort to keep the momentum going at the Abbotts Lagoon restoration site, Point Reyes National Seashore is stepping up efforts to improve habitat for the threatened Western snowy plover. Exotic plants have taken over significant sections of coastal dune habitat at the Seashore, and park staff have been working for the past several years to turn back the tide on this invasion. Using hand tools, invasive nonnative European beachgrass and iceplant have been removed from over 30-acres of rare coastal dune habitat. Restoration project biologists work closely with biologists from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. This project has benefited several rare species in addition to the plover, including a small annual wildflower, beach layia, and the perennial Tidestrom’s lupine.
With many more acres to go, equipment will be working south of the lagoon to treat a 2.5-acre section of dense beachgrass. Workers will be on site February 28 through March 4 clearing out large sections to create plover habitat before the breeding season starts in mid-March. This project is supported through funding from the Cape Mohican oil spill recovery plan, and is committed to restoring 20-acres of habitat by fall of 2005.
Contact: Jane Rogers, Plant Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore (415) 464-5190