The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation work separately and together within the watershed to protect and restore its habitats and resources. Each organization's stewardship program is primarily concerned with the properties it owns or manages, but the methods and goals remain the same.
ESNERR Stewardship Program
In order to preserve the important natural habitats that remain, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s stewardship program gives high priority to habitat protection within Reserve boundaries. In areas already degraded by past land uses, invasive species, or pollution, the stewardship program endeavors to sustainably restore at least some of the lost aspects of local biodiversity and natural processes.
ESF Stewardship Program
In the late 1990s, Elkhorn Slough Foundation made the strategic decision to acquire, protect and manage
lands, thus becoming a land trust. With the help of its partners, the Foundation adopted its Watershed Conservation Plan in 1999, calling for the balanced conservation of land and embracing the notion of a working landscape. The plan specifies four areas slated for protection:
Restoration Projects: See what both organizations have accomplished by checking out our Restoration Projects.
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