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Gleason Beach Coastal Retreat Project

The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District has entered into a long-term partnership with Caltrans to plan, design and implement projects to satisfy the mitigation conditions for the Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project along Highway 1. The highway project will impact sensitive habitats in the Scotty Creek watershed, and so mitigation will occur within the watershed on the Ballard Ranch.

The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District has a long-standing relationship with the landowner of the Ballard Ranch and will work with the landowner and Caltrans to improve the health of the watershed by enhancing and creating instream salmonid habitat, coastal wetlands, coastal terrace prairie habitat to benefit the Myrtle’s silverspot bufferfly, and habitat for the California red-legged frog. Project elements will include livestock fencing to protect the Scotty Creek riparian corridor, implementation of rotational grazing plan, livestock water system improvements, and long-term ecological monitoring to evaluate project success. The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District is proud to be partner in this project.

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