This 7.2-mile stretch of riparian habitat is the project area of the San Luis Rey River Flood Risk Management Project. For years, this portion of the San Luis Rey River was overgrown with many invasive non-native plants like giant weed (Arundo donax), salt cedar (Tamarix sp.), and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The high abundance of these exotics diminished the quality of the habitat for the federally listed species and added to the dense vegetation that could lead to the increase of flood risk.
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session — Riparian & Wetlands
Multi-benefit restoration planning is part of a suite of emerging concepts that represent the “state of the art” for restoration ecology and ecological restoration. These include targeted restoration strategies for optimal site selection, economic analyses of restoration costs and ecosystem service benefits, and recognition of the role of restoration in enhancing ecosystem resilience to climate change.