Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan Workshop on September 12

Community members are invited to the City’s Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan (MPHMP) Workshop on September 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ellwood Elementary School Auditorium (7686 Hollister Ave). The workshop will cover implementation projects for the MBHMP and will feature the project team, detailed project plans, and breakout group activities to encourage more community feedback on the proposed activities at Ellwood. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.

The City held community outreach events on this topic on July 7 and 9 at the Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove to engage with neighbors and the wider community on the City’s proposed Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan (MBHMP) implementation projects. Approximately 50 people attended each event to learn about upcoming vegetation management to reduce fire risk; infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to the pedestrian and authorized vehicle access entryways at the end of Santa Barbara Shores Drive; dead standing and downed tree removals; new eucalyptus, native tree, and native shrub plantings to benefit monarch butterflies; new signage and trail improvements; and creek restoration and pedestrian footbridges to access the monarch butterfly viewing areas. 

Pictured: Parks & Open Space Manager George Thomson presenting to the group on July 7