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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve records NRS.RG.02
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  • Separated Materials note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Administrative History
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve Records
    Identifier/Call Number: NRS.RG.02
    Contributing Institution: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.5 Linear feet
    Date: c. 1945-2005
    creator: Ferren, Wayne R.

    Separated Materials note

    The following publications were removed from the papers and added to the library collection:
    Stanley, Stephen and Chris Scholin. [1984] The effects of greenhouse effluent in the Carpinteria Slough as reflected by the distribution and growth of Enteromorpha clathrata.
    Stevens, Theresa. 1996. The importance of spatial heterogeneity in organisms with complex life cycles: analysis of digenetic trematodes in a salt marsh community.
    1983. Draft Environmental Impact Report McCoy Creek and Glen Annie Creek Stream Diversion. Envicom Corp.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Materials in this collection were transferred to the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration from the UCSB NRS office on April 13, 2012.

    Scope and Contents note

    These records were created and maintained by Wayne Ferren, Associate Director of the UCSB NRS from 1997 to 2001and Reserve Manager of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve 1987 to 2001. They are arranged alphabetically in four series.
    Series 1: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve Administration and Management 1901-2001; bulk 1988-2000 This series includes documentation for the establishment of the reserve, for the acquisition of land adjacent to the reserve, for the creation of committees made up of various stakeholders that worked with the UCSB NRS to manage the reserve, and files related to ongoing management. Included in the records are Ferren's correspondence files, both general and about the reserve, deeds and papers related to Sandyland Marsh property history and ownership, a management plan for the reserve and for marsh enhancement, maps, and subject files related to various activities at the reserve. Of note is the History folder, which contains correspondence from Robert Norris, Roger Samuelson, and Steve Rothstein (first faculty reserve manager), about planning for the new reserve; correspondence and meeting summaries between UCSB and the Sandyland Protective Association about the potential purchase of the reserve land; and several unpublished reports on water quality and planning.
    Series 2: Carpinteria Marsh Park/Ash Avenue Wetland Enhancement Project 1988-2001 These papers include information on property acquisition adjacent to the reserve for the creation of the nature park, meeting notes of the Marsh Park Restoration and Development steering committee, enhancement plans, and blueprints for the enhancement plan, bikepaths, flood control channels, and a recreation building. Some of the meeting notes of the committee overlap with committee meetings in series 1.
    Series 3: UCSB Natural Reserve System 1987-2000 These papers relate to Ferren's roles as Manager of the CSM reserve and Associate Director of the UCSB NRS and document his activities within the UCSB NRS and its interaction with the system wide NRS. Included are minutes and notes from the Chancellor's advisory committee, the UCSB reserve advisory committee, reserve managers meetings, and workshops.
    Series 4: University of California Natural Reserve System 1988-1999 These papers document Ferren’s participation in University wide advisory committee meetings , as well as other materials about the UC NRS, such as policies and subject files about several other reserves.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research.

    Administrative History

    During formation of the NRS and early consideration of sites for potential reserves, Kenneth S. Norris, then a Professor of Zoology at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the NRS, identified Carpinteria Salt Marsh as an important coastal wetland system that was already used as a study area for students at UCSB. The estuary was also among those sites suggested by Carl L. Hubbs, Professor of Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as having a long range potential for acquisition by the University of California. Furthermore, in correspondence with the California Department of Fish and Game in 1967, Dr. Norris expressed hope that the University might obtain ownership of Carpinteria Salt Marsh and that mutually useful plans for the area might be developed by both agencies. The California Department of Fish and Game also was interested at that time in acquiring the estuary to make it a State Ecological Reserve. An informal survey of UCSB biologists in 1969 resulted in a vigorous affirmation of the great value of the salt marsh as an outdoor laboratory for students. By December of that year, Robert Haller, then an Associate Professor of Botany at UCSB, had prepared a proposal for a natural reserve at "Sandyland Marsh."
    The Sandyland Cove Trust, originally a consortium of 10 home owners at Sandyland Cove, owned a portion of the estuary and was willing to sell the property to the University at a price significantly below the market value. Following various delays in negotiations, the acquisition of the 120 acres by the University occurred in June 1977. The Sandyland Cove Trust retained ownership of the remaining wetlands eastward to the Carpinteria city limit and a small buffer area between the Main Channel and Sandyland Cove.
    The Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve is managed by the UCSB Natural Reserve System in association with the CSMR Faculty and Reserve Managers, and the UCSB NRS Advisory Committee. A CSM Management Advisory Committee, consisting of federal, state, local. organization, corporate, and university agencies, homeowners, and County flood control and planning department staff, was formed in 1999 to help create a management program as well as be a forum for issues related to the reserve. An Executive Committee from the Advisory Committee, consisting of similar representatives, was also formed to work in coordination with the Reserve Manager on major matters relating to management and restoration of the Reserve.
    Ferren, Wayne. Management Plan for Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve: A Southern California Estuary. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Museum of Systematics and Ecology, 1997. (Environmental Report no. 5)

    Preferred Citation note

    Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve records, NRS.RG.02. Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, C.H. Muller Library. University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (Calif.).
    Sandyland Protective Association.
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Natural Reserve System..
    Habitat conservation--Santa Barbara County--Management.
    Salt marshes--California