The California's Coastal Prairies website was developed as part of the Coastal Prairie Enhancement Feasibility Study, a project jointly funded by:

  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • UC Natural Reserve System
  • UC Davis Office of Research

The Feasibility Study encompassed three general areas of coastal prairie conservation:

  • Restoration - restoration activities conducted at five partner sites to control invasions of purple velvet grass (Holcus lanatus)
  • Mapping - application of a new satellite-based mapping technique (developed at the UC Davis CSTARS lab) that uses seasonal imagery to map grassland types within 10 miles of the coast in Sonoma and Marin counties.
  • Education - development of the California's Coastal Prairies website to act as an informational resource for environmental education organizations throughout Sonoma and Marin counties.

Partners of the Feasibility Study are (alphabetically):

  • Bodega Pastures
  • California Department of Fish and Game’s Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program
  • California Native Plant Society
  • California State Parks
  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
  • Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center
  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Sonoma Land Trust's Estero Americano Preserves
  • Sonoma State University's Center for Environmental Inquiry
  • UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
  • UC Davis Center for Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing
  • UC Davis Bodega Marine Reserve