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Big Canyon Golf Course Wetland Restoration

wetlands restoration habitat monitoring Restoration Ecology

The Big Canyon Golf Course wetland restoration involves the creation and enhancement of riparian and emergent/herbaceous wetland habitat onsite at the golf course as mitigation for facility enhancements and property renovations that affected federal and state jurisdictional waters and wetlands. Land IQ worked with the hydrologists and engineers at WRC Consultant Services, Inc. to develop the final restoration and monitoring plan. The plan included creating and revegetating a new steam channel along a historic blue-line stream, as well as enhancing riparian and emergent vegetation along two existing golf course lakes. Land IQ is responsible for:

  • Verifying plant layout, and monitoring plant installation and seeding;
  • Horticultural maintenance monitoring;
  • Quarterly monitoring of plant establishment during the first year after installation;
  • Preparation of quarterly and annual monitoring reports.

The stream creation area achieved nearly 75 percent cover in its first year, just under the third-year performance criteria. The lake enhancement areas exceeded the fourth and fifth year performance criteria of 85 and 90 percent cover, respectively. Exotic vegetation had less than 10 percent cover at the end of the first year. Maintenance at the site continues. At this time, the project is in compliance of all permit mitigation requirements.

Invasive Species Mapping

invasive species monitoring Remote Sensing Restoration Ecology

Land IQ worked in Ventura County on a program to control giant reed (Arundo donax) along the Santa Clara River. This effort was the first part of a 233-acre comprehensive habitat restoration plan. A Hydro-Ax was initially used to shred dense stands of giant reed, followed by herbicide application to treat root ball re-growth. Difficult access and time constraints made field monitoring difficult.

Therefore, we applied remote sensing to develop monitoring techniques for the area. Utilizing freely-available natural color photography and advanced remote sensing techniques, A. Donax cover was successfully quantified over the 223-acre site for the years 2005, 2007 and 2009. Remote sensing methodology makes it possible to efficiently delineate this invasive species in otherwise impenetrable areas of the project site and dramatically increases efficiency of the project’s 7-year monitoring program.