San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vegetation Community
Artesian Creek Restoration


Project description

Approximately 300 acres along Artesian Creek, a tributary of the San Dieguito River, was restored to coastal sage or native riparian. The majority of restored land was previously used for grazing, with an additional two miles of riparian habitat. The project is located between Camino Del Sur and Del Dios Highway, just south and southwest of Lake Hodges. The restoration has been completed, but annual treatment of invasive species remains including ongoing treatment of eucalyptus, tamarix and palms. The focal invasive species included: mustard, French broom, Scotch broom, Spanish Fleabane, arundo, Austrailian salt bush, Brazilian Pepper, caster bean, lapidium latifolia, garland chrysanthemum, bridal creeper, Italian thistle, fountain grass, dittrichia graveolens, artichoke, eucalyptus, tree tobacco, acacia, palms, pampas grass, pride of Maderia, tamarix, and fennel.

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Project focus

Project type: Habitat restoration

Target species: Coastal California gnatcatcher, Least Bell's vireo, Mountain lion, Southern mule deer, Wart-stemmed ceanothus

Target vegetation: coastal sage scrub, riparian forest & scrub

Main implementing entity: Glen Laube

SDMMP lead: Emily Perkins

Study lead: Arne Johanson