Environmentally conscious as we Santa Barbarans are, it always brings a smile to our faces to know that our community is helping preserve the extensive wildlife that makes Santa Barbara so beautiful and unique. The Goleta Valley Land Trust has made efforts to do just that, with a grant to help restore the Gaviota Coast and Arroyo Hondo Preserve.
A recent $39, 680 grant awarded by the Goleta Valley Land Trust (GVLT) will finance a restoration project on the Gaviota Coast, helping the area to continue flourishing through what is called “riparian habitat restoration” and providing invaluable experience for interns and volunteers working at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, known as the “Jewel of the Gaviota Coast”.
Through this grant, volunteers, interns and trained professionals will remove invasive species and reintroduce native plants to the stream corridor over the next three years. The Arroyo Hondo creek is an important, pristine watershed and acts as an invaluable resource to students, scientists, hikers and animals, making its preservation important for the Santa Barbara community.
Thanks to the GVLT grant and the help of over 100 volunteers, the beautiful Arroyo Hondo Preserve will continue to be open to the public on the first and third weekends of each month, and its future is looking very bright.
Want to volunteer? Call the Arroyo Hondo Preserve at 805/567-1115 or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and help restore this “jewel” with your own hands.
-Taylor Micaela Davis