News Release: June 4, 2022
San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Ends, Environmental Monitoring Continues
Nature Collective Leads a 50-Year Study of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
ENCINITAS, CA—Today Nature Collective, supporters and stakeholders for San Elijo Lagoon Restoration ceremoniously gathered to cut the ribbon for a wetland restored to more optimal health. In the distance, songbirds called from the trees and herons and egrets patiently stalked prey in tidal inlets. Breezes across the tidal channels, now wider, deeper and extending farther inland, carried the scents of brackish water—a mix of salt and fresh—uniquely important to coastal life.
What is restoration success and how will we measure it? This is the focus now for Nature Collective. The award-winning nonprofit is the land trust for the lands and waters of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and beyond. Celebrating its 35th year of inspiring everyone to connect with, experience and protect nature. The San Elijo Lagoon Restoration is one of the largest wetland restorations in California.
“Thirty-five years ago, we had this vision that San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve could be restored,” says Doug Gibson, Nature Collective Executive Director and Principal Scientist. “This area is a jewel in the crown of the San Diego region, and it’s our duty to protect it as best as we are able. Nature Collective and the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program investment will support stepping stones for all to enjoy for many generations.”
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