College - Author 1

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department - Author 1

Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department



Primary Advisor

Chip Appel


In 2009, a portion of the Cal Poly Farm Shop was removed to create a stream bank supported by rip-rap facing for Brizzolara Creek. However, weed eradication and revegetation measures were necessary to fully restore the riparian corridor. The Brizzolara Creek Revegetation and Restoration plan was implemented in winter 2011. The plant palette was composed of early successional native species including Salix lasiolepis, Salix laevigata, Populus balsamifera spp. trichocarpa, Rubus ursinus, Rhamnus californica, Baccharis pilularis, Sambucus mexicana, and Artemisia douglasiana. A monitoring plan will evaluate the relative success of this project in Spring 2014. The final success criteria for this project are 70% survivorship. However, adaptive management techniques may be used to accomplish the long-term objectives of this project, which are to establish native plant cover, provide wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and encourage the natural recruitment of native species.