East Bluff

Site at a Glance

Date initiated



2 acres

Habitat types

Coastal Grassland, Coastal
Sage Scrub

Special status species

Atriplex coulteri (Coulter's saltbush)
Centromadia parryi ssp. australis (Southern tarplant)
Plantago elongata (slender plantain)
Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi (Belding's Savannah Sparrow)

Map of CCBER_Areas


Fri, 09/14/2012 - 14:55 -- zack

The East Bluff area is located on the western bluff above Goleta Beach adjacent to the east gate entrance to UCSB. This half acre site was initially restored in 2004 after the University trenched the site as part of the Sewer Renewal project. A variety of drought tolerant native coastal sage scrub species were planted and seeded at the site in order to provide habitat for the state endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow, reduce erosion and improve the aesthetics of the site. The site was disturbed again in 2005 during the Electrical Infrastructure Renewal process and disturbed areas were replanted again in 2006 and 2007. Over 20 native species survive on the site despite very thin soils and the potential for erosion. CCBER staff and students have worked on this site since 2003.

East Bluff Monitoring


                             East Bluff 2003                                                                     East Bluff 2005