CIR volunteers remove fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).
Fennel, which has taken over large areas on
Santa Cruz Island, is fortunately not common
on Santa Rosa Island.
It is a priority of the
NPS to keep it from spreading.
Channel Islands Restoration continued working on Santa Rosa Island this year, in a project funded mostly by CIR donors and our volunteers with support from the National Park Service (NPS).
We held four trips in 2013 to remove fencing, plant natives, remove invasives and to work in the native plant nursery.
The fencing had been erected to protect sensitive plants and habitats from browsing and trampling by non-native grazing animals.
Since these animals are no longer on the island, the fencing is now an unnecessary eyesore and a potential hazard to visitors and native animals, so it is now a priority to remove it.
Often located in remote areas difficult to access, the fencing can be a challenge to remove.
Volunteers also removed invasive fennel and iceplant in several island locations and planted island-grown
(a native succulent) at China Camp on the island’s southwest side.
Although volunteers put in long hours, they also had the opportunity to visit parts of the island that are not easily accessible.
Although removing the fencing and the restoration work are priorities for the NPS, budgets are tight, so there is no funding to pay for these projects.
Working with NPS Restoration Ecologist Sarah Chaney,