Burns & McDonnell, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, and US Fish and Wildlife Service Innovate on Restoration Project

Restoration of the approximately 67-acre site will benefit the Bell Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, two bird species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the least. The project will reactivate a floodplain, creating a mosaic of natural habitats for several species. It will also extend the habitat corridor of adjacent water bodies and improve water quality and local ecosystems.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this effort and of this team,” said the colonel. Richard T. Anderson, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. “This project not only resolves a decades-old aviation safety breach, but does so while supporting endangered species and the community.”

Burns & McDonnell will implement a wide range of actions, including:

  • Removal of inactive tennis courts, golf trails and abandoned parking lots.
  • Reactivate the natural floodplain by cutting a new high flow channel to improve habitat conditions for plants and wildlife.
  • Leveling to create a natural topography and fill ponds.
  • Eliminate and control invasive species that disrupt natural resources and ecological processes.
  • Plant native species to restore the entire ecosystem and provide long-term environmental benefits.

“We are honored to join the Marine Corps and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to innovate in this critical restoration project,” said Rashmi Menon, vice president and general manager of Burns & McDonnell in California. “Our team has designed a solution that will span decades, restoring and improving our environment for MCAS Camp Pendleton.”

The restoration is currently undergoing an environmental review process and is expected to be completed in 2022 with potential adjustments made to account for weather and nesting seasons. After completion, Burns & McDonnell and MCAS Camp Pendleton will monitor the restoration under the supervision of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

“This restoration project is the result of a cooperative effort with the air base to meet their security needs and benefit the recovery of any Bell vireo,” said Scott Sobiech, Field Supervisor for the Service’s Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office. “We value our partnership with Air Station and Burns & McDonnell, and look forward to seeing the Moosa Creek habitat restoration project implemented.”

Burns & McDonnell has more than 60 offices around the world with 7,600 professionals, including more than 250 employees in Brea, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, California. The company opened in California in 1923 and is ranked 9th in the top 500 design companies in the United States by Engineering News-Record.

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