Representing the northernmost extent of the species, the Tecate Cypress population in Fremont Canyon is striving to make a comeback after wildfire events. This native southern California plant species is one of the rarest on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and can be recognized by its rich green foliage. Some may even say it resembles a Christmas tree.
Habitat suitability modeling identified two potential sites in Fremont Canyon, where 400 seedlings were planted this winter in an effort to continue enhancing the rare tree species. IRC and its partners will continue to monitor and work on the two restoration sites in 2022.
For more information about the endangered Tecate Cypress, check out this Plant Profile video. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit LetsGoOutside.org.