Santa Barbara WMA

General contact: David Chang at (805) 681-5600

Meetings: contact WMA for more information

Webpage: For more information please visit

Formed: 2001


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Project Highlights:

   Arroyo Burro Watershed Enhancement Project

  • Pampasgrass Control Project is an environmental enhancement project. Removal of this invasive plant from the lower Arroyo Burro watershed will enhance the wetland habitats—the estuary, the Jeff Elings Road wetland, and the Veronica Springs wetland. The Elings wetland will also be revegetated with native plants of local genetic source. The coordination of control efforts among Elings Park, CalTrans, the City of Santa Barbara, and private landowners can effectively eradicate pampasgrass from this region. This will enhance plant communities, wildlife habitat, and aesthetic values for the area. This project was funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and by the County of Santa Barbara’s Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund (CREF) – a partial mitigation of impacts from the following offshore oil and gas projects: Point Arguello, Point Pedernales, Santa Ynez Unit, and Gaviota Interim Marine Terminal.

   Carpinteria Creek Arundo Removal Project

   Gaviota Coast Artichoke Thistle

   Lookout Park Arundo Removal Project

   Rincon Creek Arundo Removal Project

   Santa Cruz Island Native Plant Restoration Project

  • This project Project is part of a larger multi-phase project to restore the native plant communities of Channel Islands National Park, California, through removal of priority non-native invasive vegetation. Components of this project include developing and implementing the cooperative organizational structure, techniques, and educational tools which are urgently needed to help conserve the unique biological treasures of the Channel Islands.

   Santa Rosa Island Noxious Weed Survey and Eradication

  • The County of Santa Barbara, Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Audubon Society are leading this 5,000 acre project. Targeted species are Solanum elaeagnifolium silverleaf nightshade and Cirsium ochrocentrum yellowspine thistle. Types of ecosystems involved are grasslands, riparian and coastal sage scrub habitat. The management plan for this project involves surveying, herbicide treatment, planting native vegetation and raising awareness to the public through education material on the invasive species.

   Santa Ynez River Tamarisk and Arundo Project

Organizations on WMA’s MOU

  • Audubon Society Inc.- Santa Barbara
  • Agri-Turf Supplies
  • Cachuma Resource Conservation District
  • California Conservation Corps
  • California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)
  • California Native Plant Society – SLO & N SBarbara Subchapter
  • Carpinteria Salt Marsh Friends
  • Mary Carroll
  • Channel Islands Restoration
  • Coastal Ranches Conservancy
  • Elings Park Foundation
  • Growing Solutions
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Montecito Fire Protection District
  • Native Landscapes
  • Pacific Vineyard Company
  • Sanford Winery and Vineyards
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Sierra Consulting and IPM
  • South Coast Habitat Restoration
  • University of California Cooperative Extension – Santa Barbara County
  • USDA -Los Padres National Forest
  • USDA -Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Daniel Wilson