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Monitoring Food Web Development at NCOS: Rodents & Reptiles

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:54 -- Ryan Clark

A long-term goal of the North Campus Open Space (NCOS) restoration project is to develop a diverse, multi-level food web, which is often a good indicator of a healthy, well-functioning ecosystem. Read our latest feature story about two components of the food web we have recently begun monitoring: small mammals such as mice and voles, and reptiles.


Stories from Year 3 of Vegetation Monitoring at NCOS

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:50 -- Ryan Clark

This summer, CCBER conducted the 3rd year of vegetation monitoring at the North Campus Open Space restoration project. With three years of this data, we can now see more clearly how the restoration is progressing, and where more work or a change in management may be needed. Here we report on some of this year’s data and what it is telling us.


Restoration Progress on the EEM Zone of NCOS

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:32 -- Ryan Clark

As the NCOS project got underway, we were concerned about the 25 acres of invasive weeds between NCOS and South Parcel that could easily colonize the newly restored site. Fortunately, with a grant funded by the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM), our efforts to control the inhospitable weeds in what we call the EEM zone of NCOS have created openings for natural and planted restoration. Read more in this report by Beau Tindall, CCBER’s project leader at EEM and South Parcel.


Grassland Diversification Strategies on the NCOS Mesa

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:48 -- Ryan Clark

Perennial bunch grasslands are becoming increasingly rare in California, and diverse grasslands with wildflowers are even more rare. Restoration projects like UCSB's North Campus Open Space are working to curb that trend. Learn more about a project funded by the Garden Club of Santa Barbara to test different strategies for diversifying the restored grassland on the NCOS Mesa.


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