An 82-acre ranch along lower Los Osos Creek will be preserved and restored as habitat for a variety of rare and endangered plant and wildlife species.
This week the California Coastal Conservancy allocated $646,500 for the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District to buy the Morrissey Ranch and develop a restoration plan for the creek’s wetland and creek habitats.
A main feature of the restoration will be the removal of a dirt road that is causing sediment to erode into the creek and the Morro Bay estuary. The work will benefit steelhead trout, tidewater gobies, California red-legged frogs, Morro shoulderband snails and the Morro manzanita.
The money comes from the conservancy as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.