Funded Projects Fall 2009

Projects Funded: 14
Total Amount Distributed: $119,368.00

Project: Internships in Coastal Biodiversity Planning for the Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota Rural Plan and Climate Action Strategy

Total Amount Distributed: $17,600.00
This project provides resources for student interns to gain professional experience in coastal policymaking in two of the most important planning efforts underway in Santa Barbara County – the Gaviota Coast Rural Planning Process and the SB County Climate Action Strategy.

Outreach Programs at Coal Oil Point Reserve

Amount Funded: $2,500.000
This project is to continue the educational and outreach capacities at COPR. COPR guided tours offer a rare opportunity to educate UCSB students and community member about local habitats, as well as research and conservation taking place at COPR.

For additional information please visit http://www.vordesigns.org/focopr/

Project: Devereux Native Tree Nursery Project

Amount Funded: $7,500.00
Goleta Valley Beautiful, subleases a Greenhouse on University grounds near Coal Oil Point. With the assistance of Developmentally Disable clients and UCSB student interns and volunteers, GVB is growing 2000 native trees and planting an average of 500 trees. UCSB student interns manage the Greenhouse.

For more information, please visit http://www.goletavalleybeautiful.org/Home.asp

Seabird Rehabilitation Trainee/Education

Amount Funded: $3,350.00
The SB Wildlife Care Network provides interns with hands-on experience and knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation techniques by working with injured, orphaned and oiled native animals. Furthermore they will contribute to the educational outreach programs by redesigning the website, presentation, community events, press released and conferences.

For more information, please visit http://www.sbwcn.org/

Project: Functionality of San Clemente Constructed Wetlands for Storm Water Treatment

Amount Funded: $7,000.00
CCBER is continuing a comprehensive monitoring program of the created wetlands and bioswales at the San Clemete restoration project in order to determine the extent of treatment received by storm water running through the system. CCBER hopes to scientifically document success to teach others of the value of created wetlands for water treatment.

For more information, please visit http://ccber.lifesci.ucsb.edu/

Project: Lagoon Water Quality: Nutrients & Bacteria

Amount Funded: $1,000.00
CCBER has been collecting water quality data from the Campus Lagoon over the past three years in order to gain a deeper understanding of the stratification in the lagoon, the bacteria, and the sediment nutrient levels.

For more information, please visit http://ccber.lifesci.ucsb.edu/

Project: Lagoon Access Matching Grant – 2nd half

Amount Funded: $50,000
This project will improve access to Campus Point and Lagoon Island and protect delicate bluff resources by funding an elevated stairway from Campus beach. With the $50,000 matching grant, California Coastal Conservancy will be urged to make the match and secures the remaining necessary funding within this academic year.

For more information, please visit http://ccber.lifesci.ucsb.edu/

Restoration Intern Training Program

Amount Funded: $3,000.00
This project helps to formalize and enhance CCBER’s Restoration Intern Training Program by providing funding for five student interns, CCBR T-shirts, Native Plant Books, and three-hour training sessions per week for the quarter-long internships focused on a range of relevant restoration skills.

For more information, please visit http://ccber.lifesci.ucsb.edu/

Project: UCSB Interns for Ambassadors of the Environment Program & Matching Grant for Ambassadors of the Environment (outdoor education program at El Capitan Canyon)

Amount Funded: $8,800.00
The Santa Barbara Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) outdoor environment education program at El Capitan Canyon program inspires local youth with hope by providing them the knowledge and tools to be better stewards of coastal and littoral environment through positive actions. Ambassadors provide local youth and UCSB interns with the tools, knowledge and experience to live more sustainably and gently on our local coastal and terrestrial resources.

For more information, please visit http://www.oceanfutures.org/

Project: Coal Oil Point Sandy Beach Food Web

Amount Funded: $7,000.00
This project is a study that assembles a comprehensive food web for the sandy beach and dune habitats along the SB stretch of coast; the first web for this habitat on the west coast. As part of their educational outreach, a physical map of the feeding interactions between all the species on the beach will be placed at public entrances to the beaches at COP, Campus Point and Goleta Beach.

Gray Whales Count

Amount Funded: $4,990.00
Gray Whales Count surveys the northbound migration of gray whales thorough the near shore of the SB Channel. Interns are trained to carry out this vital research and are the primary focus of education. Observations entail experiencing and appreciating the environment around COP and the SB Channel.

For more information, please visit http://www.acschannelislands.org/

Project: Internships in Conservation and Restoration Coal Oil Point Reserve (COPR)

Amount Funded: $4,628.00
This project funds for five student interns which open up to UCSB students opportunities to acquire field experiences necessary to enhance their professional development. The interns learn technical, managerial, and supervisory skills within the program they participate.

For more information, please visit http://coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org/

Project: 350.org Day of Action

Amount Funded: $1,000.00
The organization 350.org has called for an international “Day of Action” that took place Oct. 24, 2009. This event was organized by EAB and was intended to pressure political leaders to take action on the issue of climate change. This event was a photo demonstration that took place on the coast of UCSB to get media attention and be sent to government officials as an indication of the commitment to real energy solutions to climate change, and other problems of fossil energy.

For more information, please visit http://www.as.ucsb.edu/eab/ and http://www.350.org/

Project: The Effects of Nutrient Limitation on Giant Kelp

Amount Funded: $1,000.00
This project is the study of sources of variation in seasonal frond by comparing the tensile strength of stripes with the nitrogen content of their tissues and the ambient concentration of nitrogen in seawater.