The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has unveiled an ambitious plan for the restoration of the lower bench of the Bolsa Chica mesa, one that officials hope could work as a model for natural habitat restoration statewide.
The Trust entered into an agreement in 2008 with the California Department of Fish and Game, which owns the 118-acre lower bench mesa, to come up with the restoration plan, said Huntington Beach Councilwoman Connie Boardman, president of the Land Trust.
The goal is to remove invasive weeds and restore the grassland to provide for a viable habitat around the environmentally sensitive habitat area, she said.
The plan is not perfect but full of potential, said Kim Kolpin, director of the Bolsa Chica Stewards, which is the restoration team for the Land Trust.
"If it works, it will hopefully be the answer to a lot of restoration projects around the state," she said.
The Department of Fish and Game recently released the Mitigated Negative Declaration of the restoration. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is a study that determines the impact of the project.