The interplay between humans and nature within urban wildland settings is complex and ever-changing.
While these settings offer us the ability to experience the richness of nature up close, their proximity to dense urban communities makes them vulnerable to the impacts of modern human life. For IRC to provide proper stewardship of these lands, we must maintain a rigorous process of assessing the current state of these ecosystems, establishing goals for their continued health, and tracking our progress.
We do this by engaging dedicated researchers, partner organizations, staff, and volunteers to monitor how Irvine Ranch wildlands are changing over time. Their observations provide the essential data that allows us to be adaptive in our approach to land management, pushing forward the most effective programs and strategies that enable these environments to thrive.
By continuously gathering knowledge and collecting data about the lands under our care and how they are being shaped and re-shaped by forces around them, we are better able to focus our work most effectively to support the long-term health of these important habitats.