Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

This 280-acre reserve is one of the few remaining coastal wetlands in California. The marsh is a thriving ecosystem filled with rare birds, snails, plants, fish, and even small sharks, nestled between Highway 101 and the beach in Carpinteria.

Eleven families living in the adjacent Sandyland Cove sold their part of the marsh to the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) in 1977. Later, when faced with proposed development, a partnership including the Land Trust, State Coastal Conservancy, City of Carpinteria, University of California Natural Reserve System, County Flood Control District, and adjacent homeowner associations purchased the remaining portion of this valuable coastal wetland.

In February 2008 the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County completed an extensive restoration project begun in 2004 to provide better wildlife habitat, opportunities for scientific research, and ways for people to visit and learn about the coastal environment. An adjoining Salt Marsh Nature Park owned by the City of Carpinteria is open to the public via a pedestrian bridge and public trail.


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