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Invasive Species Control

Invasive plants, animals, and insects are among the most critical threats to the habitats we care for.

They can have major impacts on the ecosystems they invade, competing with native plants and wildlife for vital nutrients, space, and light, and threatening the natural diversity of the landscape. It’s imperative that invasive species be monitored and controlled to prevent them from taking over Irvine Ranch wildlands and degrading the natural habitat.

Our team works collaboratively with volunteers and regional partners to remove harmful plants, wildlife, and other organisms through a variety of methods, depending on the specific threat. We use all the tools available to do this work, adapting the methods to fit the situation on the ground.

The unique biodiversity of our urban wildlands depends upon our efforts to control the spread of invasive, non-native organisms and prevent them from becoming harmful predators, competitors, and parasites of native plants and wildlife. By engaging volunteers and the public in these efforts, IRC is better able to protect and enhance the health of these native habitats for years to come.

See Our Work In Action

Case Studies

IRC volunteers help maintain the nature garden in the City of Irvine's Bommer Canyon Preserve.
Invasive Species Control
IRC 2023 Annual Report: Invasive Species Control
Controlling non-native and invasive plants and animals is essential to the success of many of IRC’s other programs.
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IRC Updates

Invasive Insect Profile: Gold Spotted Oak Borer & Shot Hole Borer
Invasive Species Control

One thing that Irvine Ranch Conservancy is working to control to keep native habitats thriving on the Irvine Ranch Natural…

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Tree Tobacco Removal In Agua Chinon.
Blog Archive

Irvine Ranch Conservancy and its partners make it a goal to preserve the land and support natural habitats. With this…

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A Small Population Of Sahara Mustard.
Invasive Species Control

Winter rains and spring sunshine bring a variety of lush greenery and brightly colored flowers to the Irvine Ranch Natural…

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