Ecological Restoration

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  • Topic: Riparian zone, Wetland, Marsh
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There have been many ongoing debates over the definition of ecological restoration. While there are still many definitions that people use to define this term, ecological restoration is generally defined as “the process of returning, as nearly as possible, a biotic community to a condition of biological integrity” (Callicott, 577). This term, however, means different things to different people. It not only encompasses the environmental aspects, but the cultural, social, historical, political aspects as well. Considering how these aspects are different to different regions, it becomes difficult to develop a term that everyone can agree on unanimously. The campus lagoon, 94 acres in total, is “surrounded on the north, east and west by the Main Campus of UCSB and is bordered on the south by the Pacific Ocean.” The floor of the lagoon contains a depth of about 40 feet of loose and incompact layers of sand, slit, and clay comprised of partially decomposed organic matter. Habitat types that the lagoon includes are salt marshes, coast live oak woodlands, coastal dunes, vernal marshes and coastal sage scrubs. Archaeologists have determined that mankind had inhabited this area for about 9,000 years (UCSB Campus Lagoon). The restoration of Manzanita Village, Campus Point and the degraded wetlands will be focused on. Their descriptions, future goals and future actions will be discussed to have a better understanding of the sites. Daylight streams, Kudzu plants and riparian buffers strategies will be explained to illustrate how they will improve water quality, diminish erosion and decrease pollution, respectively on these sites. The Pacific Ocean and the campus lagoon border Manzanita Village. The restoration began in 2002 as a way to diminish the impact it made on the vernal pool and vernal marsh habitats on the site (5 Year Performance). The site is considered a Mediterranean climate zone and the soil consists of clay (Bitting). Currently, there are six acres of restored...
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