Invasive Species Removal

photo planting and weeding

A crew from the Fortuna Center is removing a non-native invasive plant growing on an embankment. Invasive plants may change the environment that they grow in, making conditions less favorable for native plants and altering surrounding habitats.

Invasive plants have an impact on water quality, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitat, tree cover, fire risk and costs.

The CCC is often called in as a skilled and affordable way to rid watersheds of non-native plants like canary date palm, Mexican fan palm, Spanish broom and eucalyptus and plant native species like willow that can minimize bank erosion following heavy rains and promote a healthy native riparian zone.

Key Functions:

  • Native species reintroduction – Seed gathering, plant propagation, planting, weed removal, establishment watering, and broadcast planting of native grasses
  • Non-native plant removal – European beach grass, canary reed grass, English ivy, and other invasive removal using chainsaws, brush cutters, burning (at some locations), chipping, or herbicide
  • Nursery work – Raising native plants for planting and restoration projects
  • Meadow restoration – Re-vegetation and rehabilitation of meadows to restore to the natural state