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 species of plants can be expensive to remove, while causing environmental impacts that are difficult to reverse.

The CCC is often called in as a skilled an 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.

Key Functions:

  • Native species reintroduction- seed gathering, plant propagation, planting, weed removal, establishment watering, broadcast planting of native grasses
  • Non-native plant removal- hand removal, use of chainsaws, brush cutters, burning (at some locations), chipping, herbicide application
  • Nursery work for native planting and restoration projects
  • Tree planting and establishment watering
  • Meadow restoration: re-vegetation and rehabilitation to restore natural state
  • Grasslands: ammophilla (European grass), canary reed, eel grass, and other invasive removal