Restoration and enhancement activities are aimed at revitalizing native habitats that have been degraded by natural or human-led forces. Our team’s expertise and deep understanding of the lands under our care makes it possible for IRC to improve the functioning and overall health of these lands, to assist in the recovery of species, and to build ecosystem connectivity and resilience.
Community engagement and education is how we connect Southern Californians with the urban wildlands in their midst. We offer recreational and participatory activities to familiarize community members with the richness of the Irvine Ranch landscape, providing them with meaningful experiences that inspire them to care for and protect the land.
Plant materials development is the intentional cultivation of seeds, seedlings, and container plants in support of ecological restoration efforts. Our program uses wild seed collection, in combination with traditional farming and nursery practices, to ensure that each restoration includes a diverse set of plant species that are adapted to local conditions.
Planning and infrastructure involve the thoughtful design, development, and maintenance of a comprehensive network of roads, trails, signage, and facilities within the Irvine Ranch wildlands so that the lands can be safely accessed and enjoyed with minimal impact to the local ecosystem.
Wildfires threaten the wellbeing of all of the inhabitants of this region — both wildlife and human. IRC fire prevention works to reduce fire frequency and severity by engaging our volunteers, regional and state-wide partners, and the community to continuously monitor wind and weather conditions, reduce ignition sources, and stop fires before they occur.
Invasive species control protects the health of local wildland habitats by stopping the spread of harmful plants, animals, and insects that threaten these ecosystems. With the support and collaboration of staff, volunteers, and regional partners, we engage in a variety of activities to prevent non-native plants and wildlife from degrading the local landscape, allowing for a full flourishing of biodiversity.
Through monitoring and research, IRC gathers foundational knowledge about how Irvine Ranch wildlands function and change over time. Continuous observation and inquiry enables us to detect trends in growth or decay and to respond to support the long-term health of local habitats.
IRC’s volunteer management cultivates the human resources — our volunteers — who make it possible for us to care for our natural resources. We train and care for our volunteers through activities that cultivate their passions and build a stronger, more engaged community to protect and preserve our lands.