A meeting is scheduled to solicit public input for preparation of a Land Management Plan (LMP) for the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve / National Estuarine Research Reserve:
What: Public Meeting
When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Where: La Scuola Building, 10700 Merritt Street, Castroville, CA 95012
The final plan will be available for public review in early 2016.
The Reserve is located on the Elkhorn Slough estuary adjacent to the Monterey Bay near the town of Moss Landing, California. It is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species including numerous sensitive species.
The Elkhorn Slough Reserve was established in 1979. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a result of a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and CDFW. The Reserve is owned and managed by CDFW. NOAA provides funding for Research, Stewardship and Coastal Training Programs at the Reserve. Activities at the Reserve are conducted in partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. The Reserve hosts approximately 50,000 visitors a year, including approximately 5,000 students engaged in educational programs and professional development workshops. The Research program includes both long term monitoring projects and short term experiments. The results gathered in both types of scientific investigations are used to inform management of the estuarine resources present at the site.
Within the Draft LMP will be descriptions, goals and objectives for the management of biological resources, reserve facilities, and the various Reserve programs.
The LMP will combine the appropriate environmental documents with the Preliminary LMP to be in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Comments from the public are welcome regarding potential impacts associated with changes proposed by the LMP. The changes proposed are not yet completely defined, but shall be further defined as progress on the Preliminary LMP continues.
The Preliminary LMP will be made available for a 30-day public comment period once they are completed (early 2016). Check back to this web page for updates.
For more information, contact Dave Feliz, (831) 728-2822, Dave.Feliz@wildlife.ca.gov.