Coastal California's mild, mediterranean climate and Elkhorn Slough's steep terrain have combined in our area to create a number of diverse and rich plant communities. Over 400 terrestrial plant species make up varied habitats around the slough. Unfortunately, over 100 of the plant species found in these local habitats are non-natives, introduced over the last 200 years from Europe and Asia. Today, volunteers and staff at the Elkhorn Slough NERR are working to ease the problem of exotic plants on the Reserve by removing invasive weeds and replacing them with native species. To date, volunteers have planted many species of native grasses, hundreds of native annuals and shrubs, and more than 30,000 coast live oaks.
Currently we are featuring the following plants:
Updated checklists of plants in the area is coming soon!