SLEWS Habitat Restoration
Why SLEWS is Needed
Not long ago, California was a rich and diverse system of streams, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. In the last 200 years, agriculture and development have reduced the number and quality of these ecosystems. The loss of native plants, coupled with intense grazing, has contributed to large-scale erosion, degradation of water quality, and loss of wildlife habitat.
Today, many farmers, ranchers and land managers are responding to the crisis in ecosystem health with conservation and restoration projects. Unfortunately, they often don't have the time, labor or expertise to make these projects successful in the long-term. This is where SLEWS comes in.
Fortunately, ecosystem restoration offers tremendous opportunities to teach teenagers about a range of academic subjects, as well as important developmental skills like cooperation and leadership.
SLEWS brings expertise and support to high schools, most of which lack experience teaching ecological restoration. They don't have access to project sites and they don't have resources to get students into the field for experience-based service learning.