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FEIS - Prisoners Harbor Coastal Wetland Restoration Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to restore a functional, self-sustaining ecosystem at a coastal wetland site known as Prisoners Harbor and a 40-acre associated stream corridor in the lower Cañada del Puerto Creek on Santa Cruz Island. The project seeks to: (1) recreate a more natural topography and hydrology by reconnecting the Cañada del Puerto stream with its floodplain and removing non-native eucalyptus trees and other vegetation which have proliferated in the lower drainage; (2) increase biological diversity and productivity by removing fill and restoring the historic wetland; (3) provide an enhanced visitor experience by installing viewing benches and additional interpretive displays; and (4) protect significant cultural and historic resources. The Preferred Alternative, Alternative B, would restore 3.1 acres of palustrine wetlands and deepwater habitat, remove all of the cattle corrals and relocate the scale house to its pre-1960s location, remove eucalyptus, control invasive species, construct a barrier to protect archaeological resources, and improve the visitor experience. In addition, a portion of the berm would be removed, thereby reconnecting the creek to its floodplain.
Comment Period: Closed        04/16/2010 - 05/16/2010
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