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NCOS News - February 2018

Abstract

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 February 2018 newsletter includes updates on the NCOS documentary From Golf Course to Wetlands, hibernacula construction, cumulative planting progress, and delays in bridge construction. The feature story highlights the experiences of some of the student workers and interns involved in the project.  Community photos include Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus).

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