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NCOS News - May 2019


The Cheadle Center at UCSB manages the North Campus Open Space (NCOS), which is a project that has restored 136 acres of upland and wetland habitats that existed before the area was converted into the Ocean Meadows Golf Course in the 1960s. The NCOS restoration project began in 2017 with a fine-scale grading of the site in order to recreate the salt marsh and use the excavated soil to rebuild the upland habitats to the southwest, which are now called the NCOS Mesa. In addition to re-establishing native biodiversity, a key goal of the restoration is to utilize the site as an educational, scientific, and recreational resource. This archived version of the May 2019 newsletter includes updates on renewable energy for the “Gator Barn”, a germination study of wildflowers in the grassland area, and the success of the riparian wetland plantings. The feature story focuses on the results of recent user surveys, which revealed generally positive impressions of the space on the community. Community photos include a Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors). 

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