Channel Islands Restoration has been working on Santa Rosa Island since 2006. Since then we have worked at dozens of project sites all in the name of restoring habitat. From removing ice plant at the shoreline near East Point to restoring the Cloud Forest atop Soledad Mountain, we've worked hard to ensure the protection and conservation of this island's rare and endemic plants and animals.
The project goals are to slow erosion on the island and replace the lost fog-water harvesting vegetation, such as the rare island oak trees. During the volunteer trips, erosion control devises were built and installed in areas on the island that have been severely impacted by the overgrazing of non-native species.
Volunteers sorted, loaded and transported multiple stake bed truckloads of wood to the restoration sites that were used in the construction of check dams and silt fences in eroded gullies. Volunteers pounded in rebar and posts as structural support for the dams and material silt fences.
Organic-fiber wattles and rock bags were filled and assembled, transported, and installed on the island’s ridges and around groves. Staff and volunteers put in long but satisfying hours, knowing they were assisting in a unique and vital restoration project, and enjoying the spectacular island setting and work group camaraderie.
For more information, Channel Islands National Park has a great page on this project. They have a lot more time and money than us...