Channel Islands Restoration works with Channel Islands National Park and other partners to restore the native plant communities on Anacapa Island. Together we are removing non-native iceplant that threatens sea-bird nesting habitat on the island. Working with adult volunteers and school children, we remove iceplant, collect native plant seed and grow native plants in the island nursery. If you would like to volunteer on this interesting project, contact CIR at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers on Anacapa Island with invasive iceplant.
CIR has received a second annual grant award from
recreational equipment retailer REI, as part of CIR’s work on the Anacapa
Island Restoration Project, undertaken in partnership with the National Park
Service.REI awarded a generous amount
of $6,000 which will allow us to take volunteers to Anacapa Island on another
series of restoration trips this fall.REI employees and members of the Santa Barbara and Oxnard stores will be
among those invited to participate.We
will also recruit volunteers from local conservation groups like the Surfrider
Foundation, the Santa Barbara Audubon Society, and the Santa Barbara Zoo.Last year, REI trips were comprised of enthusiastic volunteers and experienced NPS volunteer work leaders and CIR staff,
who cleared large areas of 3 types of invasive iceplant.This year, volunteers will have the
opportunity to plant native plant species grown in the on-island nursery.CIR staff will be busy this month preparingfor these volunteer trips.
Volunteers at Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island.
The funding from REI will pay for round-trip boat
transportation, plus the cost to organize and lead the trips. Volunteers will receive training on the
identification of native and non-native plants and on proper techniques before
work begins.CIR will also present
volunteers with information on the impacts of non-native species in natural
areas and the history of the introduction of invasive iceplant to Anacapa
Through our partnership with REI, we intend to build a
greater awareness of our efforts to care for and showcase Anacapa Island—part
of the Channel Islands National Park, and a recreational paradise enjoyed by
hikers, paddlers, birders, and campers.We are proud to partner with this sponsor and excited to share the news
of their investment in our organization and mission.CIR is proud to work with the National Park
Service and REI on this important restoration project.