Thanks to the generous efforts of Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers, nature lovers of all ages are able to continue to enjoy the natural beauty of the Landmarks. In 2021, IRC volunteers donated 18,851 hours of their time to restoration projects, data collection, wildfire prevention efforts, tending to IRC’s native seed farm and plant nurseries, leading free community activities and more.
Volunteers are an extension of the IRC team and the reason we are able to offer unique opportunities for the community to explore Orange County’s native wildlands. With the ups and downs of the past year, volunteers didn’t hesitate to find ways of staying actively involved with IRC projects and programs, while complying with state and local health guidelines.
In addition to celebrating the many generous volunteers, the event also acknowledged Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s partners and their continued dedication to the Landmarks. Representatives from OC Parks, City of Irvine, City of Newport Beach, OCFA, and more were in attendance. IRC President & CEO Michael O'Connell presented OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy with the 2022 Excellence in Partnership Award for the organization’s wildfire prevention efforts on the Landmarks.
To learn more about Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s volunteer program and to become a volunteer, visit irconservancy.org/volunteer.