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Governor approves Goleta butterfly grove funding extension

Butterfly grove
Posted at 8:05 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 23:05:56-04

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 115 on Sept. 9 extending to use of $3.9 million dollar grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy until June 30, 2023.

The city of Goleta said in a press release this allows the city to continue improvements to the Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove.

According to a press release, this grant was initially awarded to the city in 2019 to implement the Monarch Butterfly Management Plan at the Ellwood Mesa/Sperling Preserve Open Space.

"On behalf of Goleta, I want to express our deepest thanks to Senator Jackson and Assemblymember Limón for their stellar efforts to secure nearly $4 million to fund and implement our Habitat Management Plan," Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said in the release. "Thanks to them, generations of Goletans will enjoy safe and easy access to Ellwood Mesa, the butterfly preserve, and our beaches and ocean."