California Resources Corporation
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Ecosystem Partnership
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Certified through 2022
Invasive Species Management
About the Program
The Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a salt marsh with estuarine conditions that occur seasonally located and is maintained by the California Resources Corporation with local partners. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located in southern California near Huntington Beach and is approximately 1000 acres. The property contains coastal dunes, sage scrub, and freshwater wetland areas. The goal of the project is to work in partnership to remove invasive species and promote native plants and wildlife, as well as increase engagement and education between the local community and the native ecosystem.
Practices and Impacts
- The team removes invasive plant species, such as Sahara mustard, stinkwort, and iceplant, through hand pulling and limited herbicide spraying. The program has been successful at reducing the spread of the invasive plants and monitoring for new plants.
- Employees participate in planning and coordinating volunteers, partners and contractors. They identify the level of threat, set management priorities, communicate with internal and external partners, and develop strategic control plans.
- The area is habitat for a protected species of shorebird. The program originally targeted iceplant at two nesting sites. Because these locations are active nesting sites, field monitoring is discouraged and monitoring of the invasive plant removal has been conducted since 2014 through aerial photos.
- Additional noxious species were identified and are actively controlled to prevent their spread.
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