“Before the pandemic, volunteers planted approximately 480 Coast live oak acorns and helped water the seedlings,” said Irvine Ranch Conservancy Project Coordinator Matilde De Santiago. “Since the pandemic hit, all watering and care of the acorn seedlings has been done by IRC staff. The care includes watering, weeding, and removing pests from the seedlings to ensure their health and survival for the winter plantings.”
“The plan is to have IRC volunteers assist in the plantings along the Limestone Canyon road meadow, and having volunteers and members of the public involved in the maintenance and care, thereafter, for years to come until the trees become well established,” said De Santiago.
Oak woodlands are an important part of the local habitats found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Not only will these new oak trees enhance the beauty of the landscape, but they will also provide a crucial source of food and shelter for native wildlife in Limestone Canyon.
To learn more about Irvine Ranch Conservancy and restoration work on the Landmarks, visit irconservancy.org.