Point Pinos, located in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula and within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, is one of the most popular areas in California for visiting the shoreline. Its rich diversity of biological communities combined with ease of access makes the area an ideal attraction for tidepoolers, educators, and research scientists. The City of Pacific Grove has raised concern that the marine biota of the Point Pinos shoreline is becoming degraded as a direct result of increasing numbers of tourists and educational institutions visiting the shoreline. Tenera Environmental completed field studies to support an objective assessment on visitor use and consequential effects on the Point Pinos marine biota. The results of the study explained how visitor use is potentially affecting the Point Pinos intertidal zone (magnitude and extent) and what biological assemblages are at greatest risk. The quantitative evaluation will be used as a baseline for developing a resource stewardship management policy and program for Point Pinos.

The James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (currently re-classified by the California Department of Fish and Game as the James V. Fitzgerald State Marine Park) is among the highest used shoreline areas in California for tidepool exploring by school groups, tourists, and the local public. Based on shared concerns by the CDF&G and San Mateo County of potential visitor use impacts, we completed several field sampling studies and GIS resource mapping surveys in high and low use areas to evaluate visitor effects. The study also incorporated volunteers of the Friends of Fitzgerald who completed the visitor census and questionnaire survey components of the study. The results provided a quantitative evaluation of visitor attendance and use of the Park, activities, and visitor effects that will be used by the County in developing a new managed access program for the State Marine Park.

Tenera developed an outreach plan to increase public awareness of the ecological consequences of introduced marine species in Morro Bay. The tortellini slug (Philine auriformis) and European green crab (Carcinus maenas) were used to demonstrate the destructive ecological effects of non-native species introductions. Tenera designed educational pamphlets and posters to educate the public on measures needed to reduce both the transport and environmental impacts of these introduced species.

Tenera reviewed and prepared a report describing land stewardship and access programs for the Hollister Ranch near Gaviota in Santa Barbara County. The ranch program for public access has supported visits by educational and scientific researchers. The report summarized and reviewed scientific research that had been completed on the ranch and contained recommendations for the program. Tenera staff also helped coordinate the stewardship activities of the Hollister Ranch Conservancy. Two Land stewardship and environmental education-related studies completed by TENERA Environmental include: View the 'Resource Restoration and Management' section of the SOQ PDF.

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Visitor Use Impact Evaluation - Pacific Grove, CA

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - San Mateo County, CA

Invasive European green crab

Land Stewardship Program - Gaviota, CA

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