1,100 plants have been grown at the nursery on
San Nicolas Island so far
Channel Islands Restoration staff and volunteers teamed up
with the United States Navy in April on San Nicholas Island to completely
rebuild and expand an old native plant nursery.
More than 1,100 plants have been grown so far, and CIR staff and
volunteers recently planted most of these at a restoration site on the island.
The nursery, which consisted of a shed and small planting
benches, had fallen into disrepair over nearly two decades.
CIR built new benches, erected a shade
structure and installed an irrigation system.
The three benches (each forty feet long and six feet wide) include
custom designed “biosecurity” measures that prevent introduced pests like
Argentine ants from infesting the plant pots.
The nursery shed required major cleaning, and it will soon receive
repairs to its roof and doors.
to build the new nursery and to grow the plants has been provided by the
The nursery has an automated
irrigation system, so CIR staff only needs to visit the island approximately
once per week.
The plants were installed at a restoration site on the
eastern side of the island to help prevent erosion along roadside dune
More plants will be grown in
the nursery to revegetate sites impacted by upcoming construction projects on
CIR Board Member Gordon
Hart designed the nursery and led the construction project along with
volunteers Dave Edwards (also a Board Member) Don Mills and John Reyes.
The plants were grown by Norma Hogan, who
recently joined the CIR team.