The Morro Coast Audubon Society is getting ready to start an ambitious restoration and improvement project on eight acres of land recently added to the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos.
The project is a huge undertaking, said Holly Sletteland, preserve manager.
The improvements have been in the works since the property was acquired in 2008, but getting the county permits has proved more difficult than anticipated.
“I never would have thought that it would take us this long, but we are very close to being able to submit our permit application to install trails, a boardwalk, a viewing platform, etc. on the eight acres adjacent to Sweet Springs,” she said.
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Restoration work is scheduled to start soon and will be done mostly by volunteers.
It will consist of removing various invasive plant species, such as veldt grass, that have taken over parts of the preserve.
To kick off the effort, the group will hold a celebration Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the preserve addition at 4th Street and Ramona Avenue in Los Osos.
Speakers will include county Supervisor Jim Patterson, Marshall Ochylski, president of the Los Osos Community Services District and Stephanie Little, president of the Morro Coast Audubon Society.
The Sweet Springs expansion land was acquired by the Trust for Public Lands using various state and federal grants.
It is managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society and consists of eight acres of coastal dune scrub and salt marsh vegetation along the southern shore of Morro Bay.