Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) has encountered a number of hardships over the past few
decades including the Cedar Fire of 2003 and El Nino of 2016. These events created conditions
for invasive plants to flourish, impairing the growth of native flora and reducing the quality and
quantity of native habitat supporting local fauna. This SANDAG EMP award provided critical
financial support to allow staff to devote concentrated effort to eradicate invasive plant species
on 70 high-priority acres of the sanctuary most impacted by invasives.