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 . 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 . The Elkhorn Slough ecosystem is composed of freshwater wetlands, coastal prairie, and maritime chaparral . 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.
- ESNERR Management Plan 2007-2011:http://www.elkhornslough.org/download/ESNERR_Final_Management_Plan.doc
- Elkhorn Slough:http://www.elkhornslough.org/conservation/why.htm
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