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December 05, 2011

Restoring the Otay River Valley: The Ice Plant Chronicles

Community volunteers step up as stewards of south Sna Diego Bay
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100 Years of Scouting celebrated with eradicaing a menace to Southern California

On December 2nd and 3rd WiLDCOAST, Francis Parker 7th graders, community volunteers, and the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) rangers attacked a large patch of South African ice plant that had taken over a portion of the park. In celebration of their 100 Year Anniversary, San Ysidro Girl Scout Troop 5912 also worked in full force to help remove this invasive species that has carpeted large areas of Southern California.  

WiLDCOAST’s efforts to restore south San Diego Bay are working to create viable wildlife habitat for endemic species of plants and animals that have been impacted by years of abuse. As we rip out ice plant and other invasives, we have plans to plant bladderpod, sage, lemonadeberry, and willow in order to create riparian wildlife corridors and open space gems. We hope that you will continue to support our important work by becoming a steward of the Otay Valley and south San Diego Bay.

This winter and spring we’ll also be working to replant a large section of the Otay River Delta near Saturn Blvd. with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and River Partners; please join us in restoring these amazing resources for future generations of all species.

And don’t forget, hiking and biking tours of the Otay River Valley are available free of cost. Contact A.J. Schneller at 619-423-8665 x210 for more information.

A BIG THANKS TO ALLIED WASTE FOR DONATING A 25 YARD ROLL-OFF IN SUPPORT OF OUR RESTORASTION EFFORTS!