Ellwood Trails Reopen


The City of Goleta is pleased to announce the reopening of trails on Ellwood Mesa in consultation with the California Coastal Commission.  Users are encouraged to use caution on trails and should be aware that many of the trees are drought-stressed and in danger of falling.  Users enter at their own risk.

As previously noticed, the City of Goleta has completed a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Ellwood Mesa/Sperling Preserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan (MBHMP). The City invites comments on the environmental analysis described in the Draft IS/MND. The public comment period began on January 25, 2019, and will end on February 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The Draft MBHMP and IS/MND are available for public review on the City's website at the link below or at the City of Goleta Planning and Environmental Review Department, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California, or at the Goleta Public Library on and after January 25, 2019.  The documents can be found here: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/home/showdocument?id=21579, https://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/monarch-butterfly-inventory-and-habitat-management-plan

City staff is also working with Coastal Conservancy staff for agreement on the disbursement of the $3.9 million allocated in the 2017-19 State budget for restoration of the Ellwood eucalyptus groves.  The City Council is expected to take action the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan and environmental document at a Council meeting later this spring.

For more information, please visit the City’s project pages on the Ellwood Mesa https://www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/ellwood-mesa-habitat-project and the Monarch Habitat Management Plan https://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/advance-planning-division/environmental-programs/monarch-butterfly-inventory-and-habitat-management-plan.”