Big Creek Slide of March 2000, continued after June, 2002

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 This is a somewhat distorted panorama of the disposal site. The soil patches are becoming densely vegetated, and the former bare zones between are becoming colonized by a mix of annual grasses and native forbs. Thistles are present and need to be removed to prevent their spread. 6-24-02

As of June 24, 2002, the disposal site was becoming mostly revegetated (see photo above). The soil patches are beginning to blend in with the surrounding (formerly) sterile material, and there is a dense cover of dried clover (Melilotus indica) and dried annual grasses (light brown in the photo above). For some reason the clover has not set any seed. Two hours of chopping and hand-pulling were required to remove thistles from the site, but aside from the annual grasses there seem to be few invasive weeds. Plant species diversity seems to be rapidly increasing. See Plant species list.

 
 

 Many tarweed plants (Madia sativa) have colonized the site this spring. 6-24-02

 Two large patches of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) needed to be chopped. 6-24-02
   

 Another major shift is a growing thatch of bindweed (Calystegia macrostegia) over the site. 6-24-02

 Down next to the road is a small stand of Tocalote thistle (Centaurea melitensis), which needed to be pulled out by hand. 6-24-02

By February 20, 2003 the season's new growth was well along. The soil patches are now well-covered with native perennials and a few annuals, and the areas between patches are beginning to sustain native perennials and some bunchgrasses. Last years' dominant cover of sweet clover (Melilotus indica) did not set seed, and that species is not common this year. The milk thistle patches (Silybum marianum) are still present and will need to be chopped again this year. See Plant species list.for more information.

   

 Looking down toward the highway 2-20-03

 The shrubs such as California sagebrush (Artemisia californica) are growing well. 2-20-03
   

 This grass (Brachypodium distachyon?, a non-native?) and other grass species are speading from the surrounding slopes to the ground in between the soil patches. 2-20-03

 The soil patches now support a diverse cover of typical coastal scrub species. 2-20-03
   

 Perennial plant seedlings such as Lizard Tail (Eriophyllum staechadiflolium) are colonizing between patches as well. 2-20-03
 

 

 This is another, somewhat distorted panorama of the disposal site. It's beginning to fill in! 3-27-03

   

 This photo shows the dense growth on the soil patches. 4-30-03

 The ground in between patches is also beginning to fill in. 4-30-03
   

 Looking north. The restoration area is beginning to look like the surrounding vegetation. 4-30-03

 Looking northeast. 4-30-03
   
 Natives creeping in from the edges include spiny gourd (Marah fabaceus). 4-30-03

 I spent about two hours chopping and pulling thistles (Silybum marianum and Carduus pycnocephalus) 4-30-03

 A panorama looking down toward the highway. 4-30-03

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