On June 22, 2018, six young professionals (YPs) attended the habitat restoration YP networking event at the Upper Newport Bay. Matt Yurko, Program Manager from the non-profit group Project Grow CA, taught the YPs about the different ecosystems within the Upper Newport Bay. Together, the YPs removed over 70 pounds of invasive plant material from the riparian and freshwater wetlands of the Newport Valley restoration site. Removing invasive plants helps reduce the competition for resources with native plants that support the diverse native wildlife in our region. The species that were removed included:
Spanish sunflower (Pulicaria paludosa)
Celery (Apium graveolens)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Algerian sea lavender (Limonium ramosissimum)
Project Grow CA offers experiential education programs focusing on the complex environmental disturbances along the urban coast in Orange County, California. During these programs, participants grow their own ecological knowledge and habitat restoration skills to actively assist the growth of healthy ecosystems. For more information about their volunteer events, please visit their website at projectgrowca.org.