June 14, 2008
Park Service Seeks Wetland Restoration
By Ventura County Star, Calif.
Jun. 14--The National Park Service is proposing to restore a portion of the historic coastal wetland and associated stream channel at Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announced Thursday.
Prisoners Harbor, once the largest coastal wetland on the Channel Islands, was important for floodwater storage and habitat for wildlife and native plants. Coastal wetlands in California are increasingly rare; more than 90 percent have been eliminated.
The park wants assistance from the public in identifying environmental issues and developing a suitable range of alternative actions that include ecological restoration, removing fill from the former coastal wetland, reconnecting the stream with its floodplain, removing nonnative eucalyptus in the lower Canada del Puerto, protecting archeological sites, preserving the integrity of the historic landscape and providing a compatible visitor experience.
During the first stage, called "scoping," the public may provide input regarding issues and alternative actions that should be considered.
The 45-day public scoping period ends July 27.
An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 1 at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor.
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