Restoring a natural plant habitat on St. Patrick’s Day – what could be more “green”? West Loma Ridge near Irvine Lake is the site of a 50-acre restoration project funded by OC Parks and managed by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. The public is invited to participate in bringing native plants back to this beautiful area during a “Get Green” planting event.
After preparing the ground, Conservancy staff and volunteers used the winter rain season to plant large-scale seeding on Loma Ridge. Now the ground is ready for seedling plugs, and the goal is to plant 3,000 seedlings on West Loma Ridge March 17, from 8:30 am to 1 pm. This is an optimum time for seedlings to be planted, before the weather gets too hot for the plants to get roots down to deeper soil moisture.
Volunteers ages 12 and up of all skill levels are welcome, and the Conservancy will provide gloves, planting tools, water and lunch. While just 20 spots are available for this planting day, the Conservancy leads restoration events like this throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks year round. To register for the “Get Green” event or other activities, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org. After registering, participants will receive directions and information on attire for a morning of planting on West Loma Ridge.