Kelle Green, CIR Nursery Manager, and CIR volunteer,
Helen Fitting, transplanting wetland plants to be later
installed at Point Mugu in 2016.
Mugu Lagoon is Ventura County’s largest wetland and wildlife sanctuary and provides habitat for more than 250 bird species, as well as many species of migratory birds.
The lagoon is also one of the few breeding grounds in the county for harbor seals and other pinnipeds.
Stewardship of the lagoon is a high priority for the U.S. Navy, who has protected the area for nearly 70 years.
Many rare wetland species are found at the Mugu wetlands, and many plant species reach their northern or southern limits at the Lagoon.
Access to the base is extremely restricted, and this project will present a special opportunity for volunteers to visit the area, which is closed to the general public.
In fact, CIR will need to apply for navy passes for participants to gain access onto the base and the restoration site.
However, no passes are needed to help us grow the plants at our new Camarillo nursery!
CIR is grateful to our partners in the Navy and at Tetra Tech for this opportunity to help restore the Mugu Lagoon ecosystem.
We look forward to working
with our partners and our volunteers!