Land Acquisition and Natural Resource Management in a Coastal Farming Community - Watsonville Slough Farms
The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s Watsonville Slough Farms property protects more than half of the Watsonville Slough ecosystem, the largest and most valuable freshwater coastal wetland in central California. The property encompasses almost 500 acres of wetlands, grasslands, riparian woodlands and productive farmland.
The Watsonville Slough Farms and the surrounding slough ecosystem offer essential habitat to migratory waterfowl, wintering raptors and more than a dozen species of state and federal concern. The property also protects more than 240 acres of productive, certified organic farmland. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s management plan balances the need to protect habitat for wildlife with the desire to continue farming the agricultural fields.