San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Vegetation Community
North County Dunes Restoration

in progress

Project description

Phase I of this project focused on surveys and restoration activities at potential dune habitat between northern Carlsbad and northern La Jolla. This was in order to extend the range and increase the population of dune-dependent species, such as the California least tern, Western snowy plover, and Nuttall's lotus. Phase 2 will focus on the completion and implementation of the following site-specific restoration plan that was developed during the first phase of the project: the Cardiff State Beach Living Shorelines Draft Habitat Restoration Plan. In addition, SELC proposes to conduct invasive species management and support existing populations of special-status/native coastal dune and bluff plant species at South Carlsbad State Beach Campground.


Project focus

Project type: Habitat restoration

Target species: California least tern, Nuttall's acmispon, Western snowy plover

Target vegetation: dunes and coastal bluffs


Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Point of contact: Bradley Nussbaum

Project Page manager: Sarah McCutcheon

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon


Project Funding

San Diego Association of Governments

Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:INVPLA-1; INVPLA-7