The Watsonville Sloughs Ecological Reserve Restoration is restoring and improving degraded wetland and upland habitat along West Branch Struve Slough in Watsonville, California. The land is on the California Department of Fish and Game Watsonville Sloughs Ecological Reserve at West Struve Slough in Santa Cruz County.
Restoration and enhancement work includes removal of invasive plant species, outplanting of native plant species, mowing, monitoring for aquatic invasive species, environmental education and sponsored community volunteer days, and success monitoring.
Planting sites are selected to restore landscape features that are currently under-represented in the watershed (such as coastal prairie habitats and wet meadow habitats), but which remain critical to permanent and migratory wildlife species and other wetland-dependant special status species. Sites are also selected based on the restoration's expected biological benefit and ability to improve the water quality and maintain the ecological integrity of the property.
The West Branch Struve Slough Restoration Project is a partnership between Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District.