RLC plans and oversees the restoration of riparian and wetland habitat on several conserved sites in the Santa Ana River Watershed. Riparian areas provide important habitat for many animal species, including the Endangered Least Bell’s Vireo (LBV). Water quality in the Watershed also depends on healthy native vegetation, which slows floodwaters, helping to trap sediment and filter pollutants from the water.

To improve and restore riparian habitat, RLC removes invasive plant species, including Tamarix (salt cedar) and Arundo (giant reed), two plants which consume enormous amounts of water and provide little to no habitat value for native animals. Restoration areas are then replanted with native mule fat, cottonwood, and willow species that provide food and shelter for wildlife and associated water quality benefits.

Recently, volunteers helped RLC remove hundreds of invasive plants from riparian areas in the City of Riverside. To learn more about future volunteer stewardship projects visit our Upcoming Events Calendar and signup for our enews!