GIS and Oak Tree Mitigation Management, Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez, CA
Track: Parks, Natural Reserves, Fisheries, and Wildlife Management
Authors: Timothy Robinson
Bradbury Dam was modified to surcharge Lake Cachuma on the Santa Ynez River (Santa Barbara CA) with the objective of providing additional water releases downstream for the endangered southern steelhead. Increasing the lake height caused impacts to near shore native Valley and Coast Live Oak trees. An oak tree mitigation program utilizing GIS technologies was developed where over 2000 trees were planted, cared for and managed to reach a 2025 target survival rate.