North Parcel is the site of a faculty housing project that is built around existing wetlands created by the removal of soil from the area in the 1960s when the golf course to the south was built. The exposed soils are sufficiently high in clay content to support seasonal wetlands. With 15 acres of restoration, multiple wetlands and bioswales and the riparian corridor through the middle of the site, this site will manage stormwater in a sustainable way and should support an array of wildlife. Restoration on the site was initiated in 2008 when the east side of Phelps Creek was laid back and a riparian corridor was restored by CCBER. Willows, sycamores, cottonwoods and alders have been planted with an understory of wetland plants by the creek edge and coastal sage scrub along the upper banks. As these trees grow the site will evolve and develop into a riparian corridor.
We are currently working on habitat restoration and vegetation monitoring on Phase 3 of the faculty housing project.
Phelps Creek in 2008 with layback in progress. Restoration in 2010. Restored creek bank.
Restoration complete 2013. Dense willow canopy