In late 2013, the Creeks Division purchased a 14.19 acre parcel on Foothill Road along upper Arroyo Burro in Barger Canyon.
The parcel was an environmentally sensitive, but degraded, site with approximately 1,800 linear feet of creek frontage on both banks of Arroyo Burro.
The property is upstream of a significant Creek Tree Restoration project on seven private properties, and includes an important scenic view corridor from Foothill Road up to the Los Padres National Forest.
The purchase also included a conservation easement over a portion of an adjacent property. The conservation easement allowed the City to design, restore, and protect an additional 290 linear foot reach of Arroyo Burro. The conservation easement will also prevent future development or land uses near the creek on the adjacent parcel in perpetuity.
In the summer of 2016 the Creeks Division began constructing a creek restoration project which realigned the lower portion of the creek to recreate meanders, removed 600 tons of concrete and debris from the creek, stabilized eroding creek banks, and created an upland habitat area.
Non-native vegetation was also removed and replaced with nearly 5,000 native container plants. Construction was completed in December 2016. The project has improved wildlife habitat on site, and improved downstream water quality within the watershed. For more information, please contact Erin Markey at (805) 560-7549.