Tamarisk trees are not native to California and invade riparian habitats. CIR wrote grant applications to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that funded our work. We worked long and hard on planning the logistics of these challenging trips, together with NFWF and the Los Padres National Forest.
CIR, with two crews of intrepid volunteers, took two trips down the Sisquoc River deep in the wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest in October and November of 2017. The first trip started at the headwaters of the Sisquoc River at Alamar Saddle and ended at Sycamore Camp, before climbing 5 steep miles up to Montgomery Potrero on the Sierra Madre Ridge. The second trip started at Montgomery Potrero, hiked down to the river, and ended at Manzana Schoolhouse. Altogether, the CIR crew and volunteers walked about 70 miles, surveyed almost all of the 40+ mile Sisquoc River, treated more than 300 adult Tamarisk trees, and pulled out more than 10,000 Tamarisk seedlings. There was a 7-mile stretch of river that we surveyed but didn’t have time to treat, so we’ll come back next year and do it again. Look out Tamarisk – we’re coming to getcha! For all of you intrepid volunteers out there, we plan on two trips next October/November. Join us!