California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will work in partnership with Central Coast Wetlands Group (CCWG) at Moss Landing Marine Labs and Coastal Conservation and Research (CCR) at Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Moss Landing State Beach, Salinas River State Beach, and Zmudowski State Beach to remove invasive plants, reestablish native plant communities and restore sensitive dune habitat. Within each park unit, work will:
• Hand pull or spray to eradicate invasive ice plant. Hand pull in areas where sensitive plant species are present and spray (2% dilution of glyphosate) only on still and dry days to prevent chemical drift from rain and wind. Foredune areas will be sprayed outside of the snowy plover nesting season (March-September) to ensure breeding plovers are not impacted.
• Collect seeds from plants native to the specific State Park unit in which they will be planted or seeded to ensure local genetic diversity is supported. Propagate native plants throughout the project period and plant during the rainy months (November-March) of project years. The number of plants and density of planting will be dependent on site-specific conditions. Seeds will also be hand broadcast and raked into dune areas with bare sand.
• Install driftwood, haybales, or jute fencing to capture sand in vulnerable areas to increase the structural integrity of the dunes, reduce susceptibility to wave erosion, and enhance plover habitat.
• Monitor the restoration efforts with dune vegetation surveys, topographic surveys using a differential GPS, and drone imagery.