Ranked by Capitol Weekly among the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in California in 2013, Mark Macarro serves as tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Mark Macarro holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), which is working to restore wetlands and habitats in its North Campus Open Space.
In 2013, UCSB received a donation of 63 acres of a former golf course from the Trust for Public Land, which bought the land with $7 million in grant funds. UCSB is working to restore this land and its adjacent uplands, which together form 136 acres known as the North Campus Open Space (NCOS).
Through this collaborative restoration project, UCSB aims to preserve the wetlands of the upper Devereux Slough. Wetland preservation is an ever-growing need in California, which has lost 90 percent of its wetlands as a result of development over the last 150 years. Upon completion, the restored North Campus Open Space will form part of a 650-acre open coastal area consisting of the South Parcel, the Coal Oil Point Reserve, and Ellwood-Devereux preserve.