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Digging In:
A Guide to Community-Based Habitat Restoration

This 164 page guide describes how individuals and organizations can become involved in helping to improve and restore coastal wetlands and other coastal habitat in their communities. The Guide explains the basic steps of information gathering, site selection, project implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and working with volunteers. It includes tips on battling non-natives, as well as propagating and installing native plants.

Digging In, published in 2008, is available as a PDF from this website or as a hard copy by request.



Praise for Digging In:
"Digging In is a delightful, clearly written and resource-rich read. It is an invaluable tool for ecological restorationists working in any habitat. I liked it so much I used it as an online text in my restoration ecology class at University of California, Irvine."
--excerpt from book review by Dr. Peter Bowler, UC Irvine, in Ecological Restoration, Dec '09


Upcoming Workshops:


When workshops are scheduled they will be posted here. If you are interested in attending or hosting a future workshop, please contact Matt Yurko: myurko@coastal.ca.gov. Include your name, email and the organization with which you are affiliated, if applicable.
Fourteen Digging In workshops have been held to date.


Download Guide:

Read the Introduction to Digging In.

Read the Table of Contents of Digging In.

Download the Entire Guide (Size 7.5Mb)


Request a Hard Copy:
Hard copies of Digging In are not currently available. Please download a PDF of the guide, and provide your contact info below in order to receive information on upcoming workshops and to be notified when copies become available. You can also call (800)Coast-4U and leave a message. Please include your name, address, phone number, and organization if applicable.


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