Grants Database

Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Transforming Sand Hill Farm: Phase 2
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2018
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Central Coast
Monterey County
Project Description:

The Rose Foundation ‘jump-started’ the restoration of a degraded abandoned strawberry farm in Elkhorn Slough with the 2016 grant. The fresh grant funds are supporting the second phase of the project to accelerate habitat transformation and significant improvements in water quality. Specific activities will include:
• Removal of the remaining caches of farm and other debris from the land including buried plastic sheeting and farm material.
• Expansion of the restoration areas and the beginning of experimental planting of Maritime chaparral species, and vegetation of 2,000 linear feet of major drainages with willow cuttings to stabilize the swales.
• Continuing to bring North County High ‘Slough Stewards’ onto farm for hands-on clean-up and restoration, along with community groups and volunteers.
• Engagement in local seed propagation and harvesting of native bunchgrass and chaparral, and plant native oaks and chaparral species on retired fields post stabilization.