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New Restoration Project Will Help Maintain Oak Woodlands in Limestone Canyon

PictureOaks in Limestone Canyon

Since 2005, Irvine Ranch Conservancy has made it their mission to preserve and restore natural habitats found throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. With their newest restoration project, Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and volunteers will plant 500 acorn seedlings at the Augustine Staging Area Nursery in Limestone Canyon that will be used to maintain vital oak woodland habitats.
 
The acorns collected by the Conservancy are sourced locally from oak trees throughout the area, giving them a greater chance of success due to acclimation to local climate and soil. After the acorns are collected, they will then be planted at the Augustine Nursery, where staff and volunteers will assist in tending and growing the acorns to seedlings until they are ready for planting. Restoration projects such as this allow Irvine Ranch Conservancy to expand its work of restoring habitats that support local wildlife and plant species.

“These oak woodlands are an important part of local habitats and must be maintained in order for native species to thrive,” said Matt Garrambone, Irvine Ranch Conservancy Program Director.
 
After the acorns are prepped at the Augustine Nursery, they will grow into seedlings that will then be transferred to Limestone Canyon for planting. The acorn seedlings will be cared for over the next few months, with a goal of being planted on the land at the end of the year.
 
Irvine Ranch Conservancy invites the public to get involved in the entire process, from seed to tree! Get an exclusive look into the fascinating restoration process while having fun participating in stewardship. Connect with nature and learn about the oak woodland habitats that these acorns will help preserve.
 
Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and lend a hand during stewardship activities at Augustine Nursery. Whether you have an experienced green thumb or are simply looking to connect with the land, you can help with tasks like weeding, watering, mulching and planting seeds. Volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area on Thursday, February 13 or Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m for a rare opportunity to be involved in a restoration project from start to finish.
 
The public can experience the beauty of Limestone Canyon, the future home of these acorn seedlings, during Wilderness Access Days offered through the Let’s Go Outside Website. Most programs on the Landmarks are free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each activity. Some programs are suitable for children 12 and over, and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For a full list of activities, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.