Ecological Restoration Essay

950 Words Apr 12th, 2012 4 Pages
There have been many ongoing debates over the definition of ecological restoration. While there are still many definitions that people use to define this term, ecological restoration is generally defined as “the process of returning, as nearly as possible, a biotic community to a condition of biological integrity” (Callicott, 577). This term, however, means different things to different people. It not only encompasses the environmental aspects, but the cultural, social, historical, political aspects as well. Considering how these aspects are different to different regions, it becomes difficult to develop a term that everyone can agree on unanimously.
The campus lagoon, 94 acres in total, is “surrounded on the north, east and west by the
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The expanded wetlands have also significantly increased the number of birds, animals, reptiles and amphibians.
Much of Campus Point is covered with an ice plant, Carpobrotus edulis. These plants grow year round and individual plants compete with native plants by forming mats up to 40 cm thick and 8-10 m in diameter. Examination shows that this ice plant has a very dense tough root system concentrated in the upper 50 cm of the soil, and that new roots form at each node as the plant spreads outward (D’Antonio, 886). In 2006, CCBER planted 2,000 acorns along Campus Point with hopes that in 15 to 20 years a small oak woodland habitat will be reestablished (CCBER). The eastern edge of the Lagoon, near San Nicolas Hall and Parking Lot 5, is dominated by Kikuyu grass, a rhizomatous plant with matted roots. Data from 2009 illustrate that even at that time, the site was completely covered in non-native Kikuyu grass (San Nicolas Slope Restoration Monitoring). Kikuyu grass favors moist areas and therefore it occurs in hydric soils. A Mediterranean climate, the site records rainfall averaging 16-20 inches per year. A myriad of different birds also inhabit the riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats as seen on wildlife surveys done monthly of the site due to the Lagoon Survey requirement (San Nicolas Habitat Restoration Plan).
If Manzanita Village does not undergo restoration, the confined underground pipe systems
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