Creating healthy and interconnected habitats is critical to native wildlife and sustaining ecosystems in the face of threats such as invasive species and too-frequent wildfire. Habitat restoration is a long-term effort; projects can take many years and include site preparation, installation of native plants, and monitoring and maintenance to ensure success. IRC partners with several major public agencies including OC Waste & Recycling, OC Transportation Authority, and Irvine Ranch Water District to conduct large-scale habitat restoration.
2023 was a major milestone as two major restoration projects funded by OC Transportation Authority’s Renewed Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program received completion approval from state and federal regulatory agencies. The projects, in Agua Chinon and Silverado Creek, restored rare riparian habitats and took nearly 10 years to complete.
- Maintained 1,402 acres of large-scale habitat restorations including more than 241 acres of active restoration sites.
- Received completion approval of two restoration project in partnership with OCTA totaling 334 acres.
- Planted more than 3,600 native trees in restored areas.
- Began a 22-acre restoration project at Chino Hills State Park in partnership with California State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Pulte Home Company LLC.
Check out the full 2023 Annual Report here.