Challenges and Lessons Learned in the Muir Beach Wetland Restoration Project

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LeBeau, Naomi

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Muir Beach wetland restoration began in 2009 with a large scale, multi-partner construction project that rerouted the terminus of Redwood Creek in Marin County, California. The project’s goals included improved hydrological function and improved habitat for threatened and endangered species including the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), steelhead trout (Oncorhychus mykiss), and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). Habitat restoration was performed for nine years post-construction without herbicides, utilizing a variety of revegetation methods, during specific seasons to reduce impacts on threatened and endangered species, and while preserving erosion control measures. Important strategies to successful restoration include diverse methods for revegetation – field to field divisions, container plants, direct seeding, and willow stakes; lots of straw mulch to reduce invasive species recruitment; having a really strong plan for managing weeds downstream of infestations; and being in good touch with regulators on site needs and goals. This presentation will focus on these strategies and lessons learned resulting in a landscape you would never know had been a construction site.

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