Here at the Conservancy we have been celebrating a small but ringing achievement, and we thought we would share with you the good news… In year 1 of our stewardship program, we have eradicated a very bad, very scary weed from the Ranch. Any of you who have spent time in creek areas along our southern California coastline will be familiar with this ecosystem monster and how it can transform a once biologically diverse and healthy riparian area into a grassy nightmare:
Arundo donax (shiver).
|Arundo donax on Tejon Ranch.|
|Flowering arundo perched on the banks of Tejon Creek.|
|LACC workers manually removing arundo from Tejon Creek.|
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Katagi, W., C. Loper, and N. Jackson. 2002. Southern California Integrated Watershed Program: Arundo Removal Protocol.