By the City of Santa Barbara
The East Beach Habitat Restoration Project (Project) will implement the restoration of native plants on sand dunes currently covered by non-native, invasive Ice Plant. Native coastal dune plant species aid in the formation of sand dunes, support local birds and wildlife, and honor Santa Barbara’s unique local ecology.
The Project will be conducted in a 1.13-acre area located at East Beach between the beach sand and the bike path, and between Calle Cesar Chavez and the soccer fields next to Palm Park Beach House. Removal methods include black tarp solarization and hand removal. Solarization is the process of covering unwanted plants with black tarp for several months until the plants dry out. Dried Ice Plant branches will be removed, but their roots will be left in place to help stabilize the sand dunes. Installation of irrigation, native plant species, and wooden fencing will follow.
Phase One: Black tarp solarizing will commence in early December 2022 and cover 0.44 acres of Ice Plant. The drying process is expected to be completed in spring 2023. Irrigation, native plant species, and fencing will be installed prior to May 29, 2023 (Memorial Day).
Phase Two: Black tarp solarizing will commence after September 4, 2023 (Labor Day) and will replace 0.69 acres of Ice Plant. The drying process is expected to be completed in Fall 2023. Irrigation, native plant species, and fencing will be installed prior to December 2023. The project will include a five-year maintenance period to monitor and support plant establishment.
For more information about the Project, please contact Beth Anna Cornett, Senior Planner, at BCornett@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or (805) 564-5537.