How we manage the lands we are entrusted with is a big responsibility that we do not take lightly.
Each property has a unique set of challenges and important assets. There are tidal wetlands, oak woodlands, freshwater and riparian habitats, coastal prairie, and amazing maritime chaparral (shown above). There is also fallowed farmland and otherwise degraded natural areas that need attention. Decisions are based on sound science, research, and experience. Both ESNERR and ESF have active farms on some of their acreage as well, and manage these tenancies with watershed protection values in mind. Much has been done to demonstrate that productive agriculture can coexist with a native landscape.
The Elkhorn Slough watershed has many land uses - residential, transportation, agricultural, and electric power generation. High tension power lines radiating from the Moss Landing Power Plant bring energy to the Western states and cross several of our properties. We work closely with PG&E to insure that vegetation does not grow in a way that would risk contact with the transmission lines and disrupt delivery or cause a fire. Restoration projects involving oak woodlands take these power corridors into consideration and we avoid planting saplings that could grow into tall trees under the power lines. We follow this practice as part of our best land management techniques ensuring what is best for the land and the people that live near our conserved properties.
If you have questions about managing vegetation under a transmission line, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has information on this subject available at PG&E Tree Trimming.