Educational Service Trip to Santa Cruz Island

Educational Service Trip to Santa Cruz Island

Along with Channel Islands Restoration’s mission to restore habitat on the Central Coast and Channel Islands is our goal of providing environmental education to under-served students through environmental service trips.

Voluntourism Restoration Project on San Nicolas Island

Voluntourism Restoration Project on San Nicolas Island

This winter, Channel Islands Restoration installed over 11,000 plants on San Nicolas Island over the course of 50 trips to the island, with the help of 337 volunteers.

Gudrun joined us as one of those volunteers and wrote up her experience for the newsletter of her local chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Invasive Species Profile: Tamarisk

Invasive Species Profile: Tamarisk

Tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima) is one of the most detrimental and troublesome invasive plants of the Southwestern United States.

Salt Marsh Restoration in the Goleta Slough

Salt Marsh Restoration in the Goleta Slough

The Goleta Slough is a large salt marsh (estuary) located around the Santa Barbara Airport and UCSB. In a healthy estuary, saltwater from the ocean goes into and out of the estuary twice each day with the tides. However, in one of the estuary’s channels, “tide gates” were installed sometime before 1942 in order to prevent tidewaters from moving up into the upper part of the estuary.

Volunteer of the Year: Robin Birney

Volunteer of the Year: Robin Birney

Robin’s help this season on San Nicolas Island has been invaluable. She has helped with every aspect of our work on the island, from propagating plants to getting them in the ground. Robin has spent 44 days on the island, some of which have been multi-day trips, but most have been single-day trips.

Controlling Invasive Sea Lavender in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Controlling Invasive Sea Lavender in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

In August 2017, a grant from UCSB Coastal Fund enabled staff and volunteers from Channel Islands Restoration and students from UC Santa Barbara to perform a survey of the endangered salt marsh bird’s-beak and Coulter’s goldfields in the marsh.

Restoration at the San Marcos Foothills

Restoration at the San Marcos Foothills

The San Marcos Foothills experienced an exceptionally hot and dry summer along with the rest of the region and we were concerned about the survival of the native seedlings we had just planted. Luckily, with some watering throughout the season, they survived it. Now, after the January rain, invasive plants are surging up from billions of dormant seeds. Our native plants received a head start from irrigation during the summer, but winter can be a critical time for young plants, because they can become overwhelmed by fast-growing non-native annual grasses and other weeds that compete for soil moisture and sun. 

Restoration on San Nicolas Island

Restoration on San Nicolas Island

We are currently growing and maintaining nearly 13,000 native and endemic island plants as part of our current restoration project. These plants were grown from seed and cuttings collected exclusively from the island under the watchful eyes of our Nursery Manager, Kelle Green and Nursery Assistant, Sarah Spellenberg. It has taken the dedication of thousands of staff and volunteer hours to successfully propagate, grow and maintain such a large number of plants at an isolated island nursery 60 miles off shore.

Friends of the Island Fox is Now a Program of CIR

Friends of the Island Fox is Now a Program of CIR

We are glad to announce that Friends of the Island Fox (FIF) is joining the CIR family. FIF is a group which supports efforts to preserve and protect the island fox (Urocyon littoralis) on the California Channel Islands through conservation and education programs. FIF became a key component in the efforts to help restore the number of island foxes when they were threatened with extinction. Today, Island Foxes throughout the Channel Islands are no longer endangered, which is thanks in part to the help of FIF and their supporters. Now FIF will continue their conservation efforts as a program of CIR.

Restoration and Erosion Control following Wildfire

Restoration and Erosion Control following Wildfire

In the wake of the Thomas Fire, many people have expressed concern over the state of the burn areas, particularly in relation to landslides from the bare slopes and how native and invasive plants will respond. 

2017 Executive Report

2017 Executive Report

Channel Islands Restoration has experienced unprecedented growth in 2017.  Due to the energy of our volunteers and staff and the generosity of our donors, we have worked on 25 projects in 2017 so far.  We have removed an uncountable number of invasive weeds, propagated tens of thousands of plants and we restored habitat from the Channel Islands to the San Rafael Wilderness and everywhere in between.  More than 800 volunteers and around 200 financial donors have made this possible.

CIR Work at Pt. Mugu Featured in Navy Magazine!

CIR Work at Pt. Mugu Featured in Navy Magazine!

Base personnel from the environmental department onboard Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu, California with some help from the Channel Islands Restoration (CIR) staff and volunteers are enhancing critical wetlands without competing with the base’s military mission. 

Restoring Endangered Plants to the Conejo Open Space

Restoring Endangered Plants to the Conejo Open Space

In February 2017, the CIR team salvaged individuals of Braunton’s Milkvetch and brought them to the CIR native plant nursery in Camarillo, where our Nursery Manager Kelle Green and Nursery Technician Sarah Spellenberg, with the help of volunteers, gently cared for the plants, giving them shade, water, soil and pruning

Double your Impact with a Matched Donation this December

Double your Impact with a Matched Donation this December

Right now during the month of December, your donation to Channel Islands Restoration is doubled. An anonymous group of donors have pooled their money and pledged to match every dollar we fundraise with a dollar of their own - up to $6,500. If we don’t raise a  matching $6,500, then we’ll only receive a respective percentage of the match.

Propagation & Restoration on San Nicolas Island

Propagation & Restoration on San Nicolas Island

Channel Islands Restoration is currently leading the largest-ever restoration on San Nicolas Island. With the help of volunteers that have put in well over ten thousand hours over the years, we’ve grown and planted more than 30,000 plants to restore critical habitat throughout the island.

West Camino Cielo Jeep Tour

West Camino Cielo Jeep Tour

On Sunday June 4th, an adventurous group of CIR supporters and volunteers were treated to a unique tour of the Santa Ynez ridge. as it has never been done before

Central Coast Train Tour

Central Coast Train Tour

On a gorgeous Day in March, over 50 CIR volunteers and donors were treated to a unique trip in a classic dome lounge-dinning train car up the coast to San Luis Obispo and back. 

Scouting the Sisquoc

Scouting the Sisquoc

Five days riding on the backs of mules left us sore but happy, as we scouted the Sisquoc River and Manzana Creek for Tamarisk trees.