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The Half Moon Bay Planning Commission recently approved a restoration project near Pilarcitos Creek, which will resolve the unpermitted removal of a tree and planting of nonnative species within the environmentally sensitive riparian corridor.

Photo by Adam Pardee/Half Moon Bay ReviewErich Schickenberg, Associate Project Botanist at SWCA’s Half Moon Bay office, attended the planning commission meeting on January 11th to discuss the feasibility of the restoration plan. Thankfully, the damage to the creek bank is not extensive, and the process of removing the nonnative plants and planting native species should cause minimal ground disturbance. Looking ahead, biological surveys and monitoring the restoration activities will be important. The bank and vegetation will be privately monitored and maintained for five years.

The team at SWCA is glad we were able to help our client resolve this issue in a way that benefits the riparian area long-term.