Current Stewardship Program activities consist primarily of planning, seeking funding for, and implementing experimental habitat restoration projects and associated monitoring. The Reserve implemented a series of tidal and non-tidal wetland restoration projects between 1996 and 2003. Monitoring at these restoration sites has been under way since 1995 with a focus on evaluating the results of experimental projects and determining project effectiveness.
In 1995, South Slough NERR received a donation of $1.6 million for habitat acquisition from the estate of Chalmer Gustafson. This bequest underscored the need to develop a plan to guide habitat acquisition at the Reserve. Through the formation of a Cooperative Plan Advisory Group (CPAC), the Reserve worked with input from the community to complete the South Slough NERR Cooperative Plan for Watershed Conservation in 1999. Implementation of the plan is a focus area for the Stewardship Program.