Santiago Creek wash from the Irvine Lake Dam to Irvine Regional Park is a delightful dry river bed filled with numerous native plant species and a variety of wildlife. A scenic trail is being developed that parallels the wash. Come join IRC land stewards to as we continue removing invasive plants such as Fountain Grass and Castor Bean in this beautiful habitat. Much has been accomplished, but your help is needed to complete the job as we seek out new weed seedlings and hidden plants before they have a chance to set seed. We will be crisscrossing this wide wash as we work and will have the opportunity to observe native plants, fossil filled rocks, animal sign, pleasant views, and the workings of flow from winter storms.
Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, sun protection, long sleeved shirts, long pants and be ready for some serious searching and vigorous work, depending on how many of our weed targets are found. We typically hand pull small plants, collect seed heads and dig or cut out larger invasive plants. Activity will involve bending, stooping, kneeling, and pulling across uneven terrain including loose river rock and sand.