Elkhorn Slough

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Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is located on the Central Coast of California and is the largest tract of tidal marsh in the state outside of the San Francisco Bay [1]. Elkhorn Slough is a crucial component for preservation of Central Coast biodiversity because it is home to 135 aquatic birds, 550 marine invertebrates, and 102 fish species [2]. The Elkhorn Slough ecosystem is composed of freshwater wetlands, coastal prairie, and maritime chaparral [2]. Elkhorn Slough is known for its' active fishing port, Moss Landing Harbor, and also has three state highways and a main Union Pacific Railroad line that regularly pass through it.



  1. ESNERR Management Plan 2007-2011:http://www.elkhornslough.org/download/ESNERR_Final_Management_Plan.doc
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elkhorn Slough:http://www.elkhornslough.org/conservation/why.htm


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