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Beach Bluffs Restoration Project
The goal of the Beach Bluffs Restoration Project (BBRP) is to return a diverse community of native shrubs and wildflowers to the coastal bluffs along the Santa Monica Bay from Malaga Cove to Ballona Creek. The project will beautify the landscape, reduce erosion, and provide habitat for native wildlife, potentially including the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly.

Coastal Habitat Restoration Projects Funded by the European Union
There are several funding opportunities with LIFE being the most frequently used for habitat management and restoration schemes. The LIFE – Nature programme contributes grant aid and promotes projects within the European Community on sites of Community interest. It involves actions aimed at conservation of natural habitats and the wild fauna and flora of European Union interest supporting the implementation of nature conservation policy in member states and ‘third countries’.

Dune Restoration at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, California
This public/not-for-profit collaborative partnership is implementing variety of restoration projects & visitor service programs to mitigate the effects of one of the nation’s largest oil spills.

Moss Landing Dune Restoration, California
In the summer of 2001 Return of the Natives (RON) is initiating the effort to save the Moss Landing Marine Lab (MLML) Dunes from being overrun with invasive iceplant. By growing and transplanting native plants to the area and getting the community’s help in eradicating the iceplant, RON and BLM hope to restore the biodiversity and natural aesthetics of the area. The restoration of native plants is important to save the dune habitat.

NOAA Coastal Services Center
The projects featured above are but a small selection of the many new and innovative restoration activities occurring around the nation. We are fortunate that a more recent trend to monitor and manage adaptively our restoration efforts affords the opportunity for applied research — enhancing our understanding and ability to effectively restore our coastal systems. The results of these projects will provide much-needed guidance for restoration efforts of the future.

Restoring Dune Habitats on the West Coast, Denmark
The project aims at restoring threatened and vulnerable coastal dunes and dune heathlands along the Danish West Coast, in order to regain a favourable conservation status. The sites included in this project fall under the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, and cover an area of more than 24,000 ha. The sites are mainly selected for the priority habitat types 2130 (fixed grey dunes) and 2140 (decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum).

Santa Rosa Island Dune Restoration, Florida
This project was created in response to Hurricane Opal and subsequent erosion of Eglin’s coastal dune systems. Eglin AFB is responsible for the stewardship of 17 miles of Santa Rosa Island. Of the 17 miles, 4 miles are open to the general public for recreation and 13 miles are closed for mission reasons. Prior to the hurricane, Eglin’s portion of Santa Rosa Island was rated by The Nature Conservancy as the highest quality barrier island in northwest Florida.

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