CIR worked with the Santa Barbara Zoo and the City of Santa Barbara to restore a section of the Andree Clark Bird Refuge on zoo property. Operating under funding from the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, CIR removed over 100 invasive Myoporum trees, plus cape ivy (Delairea odorata) and many other invasive species. We also planted several hundred native species at the restoration site with the help of over 250 volunteers!
Working under contract for the County of Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner's Office, CIR has treated many stands of Arundo donax in Hidden Valley Park & other extensive areas along the Arroyo Burro Creek in Santa Barbara.
Arroyo Hondo Preserve
CIR has performed extensive invasive plant removal projects for the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County on the Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the Gaviota Coast. Our work at the reserve takes place in close proximity to several listed/threatened/endangered species including southern steelhead trout, red-legged frogs and tidewater goby. CIR is trusted to perform careful and professional work in highly sensitive habitats at Arroyo Hondo. For more than 10 years CIR has worked at the reserve to removing invasive trees, periwinkle (Vinca major) and onion weed (Asphodelus fistulosus).
Working with the County of Santa Barbara, Channel Islands restoration supervised the removal of giant reed (Arundo donax) from a two-mile stretch of Carpinteria Creek. During the length of the project, CIR removed 42 tons of Arundo from the creek.
Carpinteria State Beach
CIR worked in partnership with South Coast Habitat Restoration, Carpinteria State Beach and the Carpinteria Creek Coalition (with funding provided by the Southern California Wetland Recovery Project) on a innovative project to remove iceplant at the foot of Carpinteria Creek at the State Beach. CIR staff and volunteers first "solarized" the iceplant (eradicated it by placing sheets of black plastic over the iceplant thereby heating it and depriving it of light). Then, while leaving the dead iceplant in place, CIR staff and volunteers installed nearly 2000 native plants after the plastic was removed.
Coal Oil Point Reserve
CIR has a longstanding association with the Chedale Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at Coal Oil Point Reserve on the Goleta Coast. Coal Oil Point Reserve is one of many open spaces preserved and managed by the UC system for the purposes of research. CIR has conducted dozens of important and extensive invasive tree and shrub removal projects on the reserve over the last decade and we are proud to continue to collaborate with CCBER and UCSB on the preserve.
Conejo Open Space
CIR worked with the Conejo Open Space Foundation to remove invasive plants at various locations in the Conejo Open Space.
CIR has treated Pampas grass in Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Much of this work has occurred in very rugged terrain, and the plants were growing directly with native coastal sage scrub plants. We have and are currently restoring native plants to the vacant areas.
CIR has worked to remove tamarisk from areas around Lake Piru and upstream of it.
Lake Los Carneros
From 2009 to 2011, CIR restored sites along Los Carneros in Goleta. With funding from the Goleta Valley Land Trust, the project involved removal of key invasive plant species from the perimeter of the lake followed by revegetation of the area with native plants. More than 350 volunteers helped with the various stages of restoration. The project emphasized community involvement and education, and enhances important bird habitat and directly benefits Santa Barbara honeysuckle (a species of special concern.) We are proud to have worked closely with the City of Goleta on this project.
McGrath North Shore
CIR is working with ARCADIS US to restore habitat near McGrath State Beach in Oxnard. The project includes wetland creation and dune enhancement on two parcels totaling nearly 30 acres. A major aspect of the project is the protection of the Ventura marsh milk-vetch (Astragalus pycnostachyus var. lanosissimus), an endangered species that grows on the North Shore site. The milk-vetch was thought to be extinct until a small population was found growing at the North Shore site. CIR staff carefully removed invasive plants that are threatened the endangered milk-vetch.
CIR treated Arundo donax in rugged terrain in Mission Canyon near the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
CIR has removed multiple large stands of Arundo donax under contract with the Montecito Fire Department at various locations along creeks in Montecito.
CIR has worked under contract with the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's office to eradicate Papas grass (Cortaderia selloana) and Russian knappweed (Centaurea repens) at various locations on More Mesa in Goleta.
We have also conducted some erosion control measures for the Homeowners' Association by utulizing field staff trained in rappelling.
Ormond Beach Dunes
CIR worked under contract with The Nature Conservancy to eradicate Myoporum trees and iceplant at Ormond Beach in Oxnard.
Peck Park Canyon
CIR is helping several agencies to remove non-native vegetation and to plant natives at Peck Park Canyon in San Pedro as part of a larger project. Peck Park Canyon is a 31 acre corridor located within Peck Park. The project includes erosion and sediment control, flood control and water quality improvements through the infiltration of storm water. CIR’s work focuses on high priority locations in the canyon streambed.
From 2006 to 2009, CIR worked to remove Arundo donaxfrom Refugio Creek above the campsite and beach. CIR worked in cooperation with The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District, and the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District.
Refugio State Beach
CIR worked with ARCADIS US to restore portions of the Rice Ranch area in Orcutt.
San Marcos Foothills Preserve
Since 2010, Channel Islands Restoration in partnership with the San Marcos Foothills Coalition has restored habitat for native animals in several critical areas on the Preserve.
Saddle Peak, Santa Monica Mountains NRA
CIR worked in close cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to eradicate Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) at Saddle Peak in the National Park. CIR staff trained volunteers in eradication techniques and helped supervise volunteers.
City of Santa Paula
CIR partnered with Bio Resource Consultants to restore 5 acres of habitat on the Santa Clara River near Santa Paula. The project createdand enhanced riparian habitat to increase wildlife diversity, including the southwestern pond turtle. This project was implemented to mitigate the impacts of the City's new waste water treatment facility.
The Nature Conservancy
CIR has treated giant reed (Arundo donax) at three properties on the Santa Clara River owned by the Nature Conservancy (TNC). We continue to work on TNC property in partnership with Coastal Restoration Consultants.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
CIR worked under contract with the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. We have treated several key invasive around sensitive native plants in the garden.
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Reservation
CIR is working under contract with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to eradicate multiple large stands of Arundo donax in a tributary of the Santa Ynez River. This work is taking place on the Chumash reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley. CIR worked closely with Chumash fire crews to cut and remove the Arundo while preserving the native flora in this sensitive and unique natural area. Chumash and CIR environmental staff continue to monitor the Arundo eradication.
Channel Islands Restoration is working to eradicate non-native invasive Tamarisk species in the Sisquoc River and Manzana Creek. The objective of the project is to restore and maintain habitat for riparian dependent species such as the federally listed arroyo toad, California red-legged frog and steelhead trout.