CA LCC Project

Implementing Climate-Smart Restoration along California's Central Coast

Project Information

This case study project will be along the Upper Pajaro River, which crosses a 9,000-acre natural floodplain in the Central Coast. A portion of the riparian corridor within the floodplain is highly degraded due to intensive agricultural land use that has diminished its wildlife value and severed habitat connectivity. If restored, the corridor would connect 2 million acres of core habitat in adjacent uplands and link exceptionally rich natural communities in three climatically diverse coastal mountain ranges.

This project will develop a suite of climate-smart restoration practices in the Central Coast Ecoregion and pilot those practices on the Upper Pajaro River as a case study.

Project goals are to: 1) Establish native riparian vegetation using climate-smart restoration designs that will benefit wide-ranging wildlife and prepare the region for the consequences of climate change. 2) Engage and educate local communities as advocates for conservation, habitat restoration, and climate resilience. 3) Develop a community of conservation professionals prepared to employ climate-smart restoration practices tailored to the Central Coast ecoregion.

Project Lead: 
Melissa Pitkin,; Thomas Gardali,; Abigail Ramsden,
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Products of this project

Titlesort descending Deliverable Type Release Date Commons Catalog Record or External Link
Climate-smart Riparian Planting Tool (Restoration Design Database and How To Guide) User Manual / Guidance Document Jul 2015
Community Engagement and Restoration on the Pajaro River Training / Outreach / Workshop Mar 2017
Curriculum development, delivery, and assessment Training / Outreach / Workshop Mar 2017
Future Climate Analogs Upper Pajaro River Map Mar 2017
Methodology: Future Climate Analogs Upper Pajaro River Report Mar 2017
Updated Website Resource Pages Website Mar 2017
Workshop for Practioners, Needs Assessment and Workshop Report Report Mar 2017
Workshop for Regulators, Needs Assessment and Workshop Report Report Mar 2017