This winter has been one of the driest in California’s history. While native plants in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks have evolved to survive occasional droughts, recently planted seedlings in restoration project areas across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are vulnerable due to the lack of rain. OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy are seeking volunteers to help, and an upcoming activity in Limestone Canyon will help reopen the Dripping Springs trail.
Dripping Springs trail is being converted from an old ranch road into a single-track trail. The spring itself is one of two year-round fresh water sources in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve that supports many plants and animals. “Providing a clear path for hiking as well as better cover for wildlife are the ultimate goals for the Dripping Springs trail,” said Irvine Ranch Conservancy Stewardship Coordinator Brittany Mendelsohn. “Since planting, we have spotted lots of deer and even a few bobcats, and there are always animal tracks on the trail.”
Registration is required at www.LetsGoOutside.org. Space is limited, so sign up early to guarantee a spot. All tools and training are provided, and anyone over the age of 10 is welcome (minors must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian). Mendelsohn would like to thank everyone who has helped restore Dripping Springs trail and invites you all to experience this amazing area.
Dripping Springs Volunteer Activities:
- Trail Planting in Limestone Canyon – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, February 16
- Trail Planting in Limestone Canyon – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, February 23
Many other volunteer stewardship activities are available, and volunteers are needed for watering activities throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. To see all upcoming activities, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities, and select the Stewardship category from the drop-down menu.