Restoring native habitats and leading public activities in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are two objectives of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Now a new hike combines recreation and restoration in one rewarding trek through Limestone Canyon.
On Saturday, September 8, Wildland Manager and Certified Interpretive Guide Henry DiRocco will lead "Habitat Restoration on the Irvine Ranch," a new activity hosted by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. The 6-mile hike begins with an overview of native plants and invasive weeds found in the area, and includes habitat restoration sites on Loma Ridge and Bee Flat Canyon. Those participating in this challenging, hilly hike will gain an understanding of restoration goals for these habitats while hiking through natural hills and canyons.
The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are Orange County's only National Natural Landmark, and the Conservancy manages the protected open space and wilderness areas for landowners such as OC Parks and the City of Irvine. Programs led by the Conservancy are free, but require advance registration. The Saturday hike is open to adults age 18 and over who can hike 6 miles with some steep elevation gain. Visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities for a list of upcoming programs and to register for Wilderness Access Day or the Habitat Restoration on the Irvine Ranch hike.