The purpose of the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Strategic Plan is to describe Elkhorn Slough’s estuarine habitats, characterize the main human impacts causing loss and degradation of those habitats, and provide broad conservation and restoration recommendations. This document summarizes the results of many technical discussions, scientific evaluations, and resource management decisions made over the past few years by participants in the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Project, a large collaboration led by the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The geographic scope of this plan includes both historic and current estuarine habitats in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Strategic Plan is only the first critical step towards the conservation and restoration of Elkhorn Slough’s estuarine habitats. Our intention is that the collaborative vision and goals within this document will provide guidance and momentum for a variety of restoration projects for many years to come.

Below you will find the entire Strategic Plan (high and low resolution versions):

Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Strategic Plan – low resolution (ESTWP_PLAN_050207_lres.pdf, 2.23MB)

Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Strategic Plan – high resolution (ESTWP_PLAN_050207_hres.pdf, 20.4 MB)


When we mention key documents we are talking about the management plans and important reports that define the missions, goals and work being done to conserve and restore habitats in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. All of these reports and associated figures are online and available for download.

Follow the links below for more about each Key Document or scroll through the database below.  Notice many document listings include different versions or parts of documents.

Related Research

Important Research Programs and Links

Modeling Restoration Alternatives

Maps and Diagrams

  • Tidal Habitat Map and Virtual E-tour of Elkhorn Slough’s Tidal Wetlands – coming soon
  • Maps 414KB & 246KB (.pdf) and Description (106KB .xls) of Water Control Structures in Elkhorn Slough (created by Bryan Largay)
  • Tidal Habitat Zones (.pdf 147KB)

Fact Sheets

Background about the Tidal Wetland Project

Scientific Documents About Changes in the Slough

Docent Documents