San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Threats and Stressors
Veldt Grass Removal - San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve


Project description

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy (SELC) aims to secure funding to begin Phase I of eradicating perennial veldt grass (Ehrharta calycha) in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve (Reserve). The invasive nonnative grass species currently occurs in Diegan coastal sage scrub, southern maritime chaparral, and riparian scrub habitats. It is also capable of invading coastal dune habitats, potentially displacing several high priority Management Strategic Plan (MSP) plant and animal species. SELC proposes to treat the current range of perennial veldt grass in the reserve and continue to monitor the spread or lack thereof. Perennial veldt grass ls currently under SMSP management level 3 for invasive non-native plants, and needs further evaluation and management information. The proposed project will provide crucial information regarding the species and the potential for its control and eradication.


Project focus

Project type: Habitat restoration

Target species: giant reed, giant reed

Target vegetation: coastal sage scrub, dunes and coastal bluffs, riparian forest & scrub


Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Point of contact: Joe DeWolf

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Joe DeWolf


Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:INVPLA-1