When conducting a restoration project, it's vitally important that the plants used are locally native. This means using plants that are not only native to California or our region, but also plants from a restoration site's watershed. In the case of East Anacapa Island restoration, the entire process stayed strictly on island. Seeds were collected on the island, but bringing them back to the mainland for propagation, and then returning the plants to the island would expose the island to stowaway pathogens and weeds from the mainland. We instead built a nursery on the island to keep the entire process contained on the island.