The natural resources of the Nipomo Dunes and Wetlands

Smith, Kent A. and Speth, John W. and Browning, Bruce M. (1976) The natural resources of the Nipomo Dunes and Wetlands. Sacramento, CA, California Department of Fish and Game, (Coastal Wetland Series, 15)

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The purpose of this report is to document the natural resources of a portion of that remaining habitat, a small 18-square mile section of coast in southern San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, that is considered the largest and most beautiful coastal dune-lagoon complex in California. Initially, this report was to deal solely with the wetland ecosystems of the Santa Maria River. It became obvious, however, that the Santa Maria is but a small part of a unique assemblage of sand dunes and wetlands that stretches north from the river to the City of Pismo Beach. Through time, the biological entities of this entire region have become closely interrelated. To exclude the dunes and speak only to the wetlands, would not adequately document the resources of an extremely complex and diverse section of coast. It was therefore resolved to include within the report the natural resources of over 12,000 acres that will be referred to as the Nipomo Dunes and Wetlands. This report is one of a series dealing with critical coastal wetlands. In addition to documenting the natural resources of a unique coastal ecosystem, it also identifies the use those resources receive and the problems affecting them. Also included are recommendations for the conservation of these resources. In its entirety the report is intended as a guide for planners, administrators and all those concerned with the future of the California coast, and specifically the Nipomo area. This report has been prepared under contract to and fully funded by the Office of Biological Services of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The goals and purpose of this federal office are to review the impact on fish and wildlife resources of land, mineral and water development practices, such as /offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production; construction of inshore pipeline canals and refineries; power plant construction/operation and urban development. This report, and five other southern California reports covering Agua Hedionda (San Diego County), Anaheim Bay-Huntington Harbor (Orange County), Mugu Lagoon (Ventura County), Carpinteria Marsh (Santa Barbara County) and the Northern Santa Barbara County Coastal Wetlands, are scheduled to be part of the Department's "Coastal Wetland Series" (see inside front cover).

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: The natural resources of the Nipomo Dunes and Wetlands
Personal Creator/Author:
Smith, Kent A.
Speth, John W.
Browning, Bruce M.
Series Name: Coastal Wetland Series
Number: 15
Date: 1976
Publisher: California Department of Fish and Game
Place of Publication: Sacramento, CA
Latitude: 35.0234
Longitude: 120.283
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nipomo Dunes; California; natural resources; pollution; conservation
Subjects: Conservation
Item ID: 551
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2008 22:12
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 21:52

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