Funded Projects Spring 2010

Projects Funded: 11
Total Amount Distributed: $30,735.00

Project: CCBER/Coastal Fund Lagoon Sign Program Celebration

Amount Funded: $892.00
MSI and CCBER will conduct a demonstration Arundo donax eradication and riparian restoration project along the Santa Clara River, which will establish self-sustaining native habitat while creating a hands-on learning opportunity for UCSB environmental science and policy students. Students will work in small groups and attend lectures and discussion sections led by UCSB faculty specialists on the key components of creating and implementing a successful ecosystem restoration project. Specialists then serve as mentors while the students themselves use what they’ve learned to restore native vegetation and proper ecosystem function at an 8 acre site.

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

Project: Rob’s Lifeguards

Amount Funded: $720.00
In memory of Rob Gibson, UCSB Jr. Guard Coordinator, the Santa Barbara County Parks will sponsor four outstanding Jr. Guards and offer them beach lifeguard experience. Each guard will ‘shadow’ the Jalama Beach lifeguards for four hours on a Saturday and then camp that evening at a beach site. The Santa Barbara County Lifeguard Program wants to recognize these exceptional water-persons and support their commitment to a career in lifesaving.

For additional information, please visit http://www.countyofsb.org/parks/

Project: Greenhouse Native Tree Project

Amount Funded: $3,600.00
Goleta Valley Beautiful, through partnership with Devereux of Santa Barbara, 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 annually in public areas of the Goleta Valley including the UCSB campus that will protect and enhance watersheds leading to the ocean. Interns will help manage the Greenhouse and will assist UCSB in applying for the 2010 Tree Campus USA award. They will also participate in the “Science Nights,” a proactive way to teach local elementary school children about math and science using trees.

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

Project: GreenScreen Environmental Media Program

Amount Funded: $4,500.00
The GreenScreen Environmental Media Program brings together environmental filmmakers and media artists with local organizations and research groups who are working for the preservation of the Santa Barbara coast. The student environmental filmmakers translate pressing coastal issues in the local Santa Barbara area to a broad audience through the use of video. Coastal Fund believes that effectively communicating the importance of these issues will incite students and community members to take action. GreenScreen prioritizes distribution, sending these videos to classes around campus, showing them on the local Santa Barbara Channels, University of California Television, at environmental film festivals and on the Internet.

For additional information, please visit http://www.cftnm.ucsb.edu/

Fighting for Our Environment

Amount Funded: $6,040.00
This project aims to reach out to the children and adolescents of migrant and low-income families of Isla Vista Santa Barbara communities. With respect to the differences between the English-speaking younger generation, and Spanish-speaking older generation of Latino families, a Fotonovela will be printed and distributed throughout the families and communities in order to make them more aware of significant coastal environmental issues.

For additional information, please visit http://www.aquapura.com/

CCBER Native Plant Book

Amount Funded: $3,000.00
CCBER seeks funding to print a revised set of 200 of our Native Plant Books. These 60 page books contain images and detailed descriptions of the plant, plant community, ethnobotanical uses and identification tips. The last 30 have been sold to students from classes, but that funding is not sufficient to order another printing. These books are a valuable resource for students learning local native plants and participating in our restoration program or in classes.

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

Project: Restoring Intern Training Program

Amount Funded:$3,000.00
CCBER is supported for 5 paid student interns to participate in CCBER restoration work in multiple sites and habitats from the Campus Lagoon Dune and Bluff restoration to Storke Wetland. Eligible students have generally participated in CCBER’s Restoration Intern Training Program in which CCBER Staff provide three or four options for three-hour training sessions per week for a quarter-long internship focused on a range of relevant restoration skills. These interns are trained with an opportunity to gain in-depth experience working with a project manager.

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

Project:Internships in Conservation and Restoration at Coal Oil Point Reserve: Summer/Fall 2010

Amount Funded: $7,128.00
The Coal Oil Point Reserve supports a group of interns for the Summer and Fall quarters of 2010. Each quarter, 2 interns work on the Snowy Plover Docent Program, 2 on the Devereux Slough Monitoring program, 4 on the restoration program, and one student assistant directly under COPR staff to supervise the Restoration Program and associated student volunteers. COPR internships are an excellent way for students to learn hands-on restoration and conservation skills to enhance future career opportunities. Working with COPR stewards, the interns learn technical, managerial, and supervisory skills pertaining to the program they are involved in.

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

Project:The Effects of Interspecific Competition and Altered Water Flow o Boat-Hull Fouling Communities in Santa Barbara Harbor: Implications for Management of Exotic Marine Species

Amount Funded: $940.00
Invasive marine species threaten the ecological and economic health of California’s coastal and estuarine waters. Boats carry exotic species from harbor to harbor on their hulls, potentially spreading these species to natural reefs and other marine habitats along the coast. These exotic species can foul and damage boat hulls and coastal structures, out-compete or over grow native marine species in harbors and natural reefs, and alter native marine biodiversity and ecological function. The overall goal of the applicant’s master’s thesis research project is to develop a better understanding of how physical and biological factors promote the spread and establishment of invasive marine species on boats and within harbors. My study will evaluate the 1) importance of water flow and 2) competitive interactions in influencing the distribution of exotic species in Santa Barbara Harbor.

For additional information, please visit http://www.msi.ucsb.edu/

Explore the Coast! Fun Run and Hike

Amount Funded: $1,000.00
This project is a fun run and hike to provide people with the opportunity to explore the coast with water station support and enjoy it. There will be two distances (10-mile loop run from Goleta Beach to Arroyo Burro Beach and back to Goleta Beach and a 5-mile loop run or hike from Goleta Beach towards Arroyo Burro Beach and back to Goleta Beach.

For additional information, please visit http://www.ewb-ucsb.org/

Butt-Free IV

Amount Funded: $100.00
Butt-Free IV would be an active way of controlling cigarette butt litter in the local community. The essential idea behind the project is to provide a form of compensation for the return of cigarette nitts to a collection booth that would run a month or at special events. Compensation would take the form of gift cards, t-shirts, and other prizes. A prize will be exchanged for returning a full red cup of cigarette butts back to the table. Cups will be provided as well as gloves. The butts would be kept for display and educational awareness purposes.

For additional information, please visit http://www.surfrider.org/islavista/