We invite you take a break from your hectic holiday chores and plant some wildflowers at our Big Bend Planting Days activity right here in Laguna Beach. We will have three consecutive planting days December 6-8, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and you’re invited to join us for any day. With the help from volunteers like you, we planted 2,700 native plants at our Big Bend Restoration Site last spring. We want to complete the project by planting native plants, sowing wildflower seed, and installing a loop trail that weaves through this 3.7-acre site. We hope that many of you can join us in this endeavor to restore this habitat to healthy sage scrub and oak woodland and at the same time create an inviting open space that local residents can enjoy. If you’re up for participating in this beautification and ecological restoration project then please contact Matthew Sutton so he knows how many people to expect.
Contact Person: Please contact Matthew Sutton, Restoration Coordinator for Laguna Canyon Foundation, for more information regarding this project. You can reach Matthew by phone at (310) 703-3341 or by email at Matt@Lagunacanyon.org.
Dates: December 6, 7, 8 2013
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30pm. Please arrive 30 minutes early to accommodate our shuttling individuals from the parking lot to the restoration site. We would like you to stay for the entire period to cut down on shuttling needs during the planting activity.
Location: Park at the Big Bend Staging Area off of Laguna Canyon Road, http://goo.gl/maps/sG13R . The Big Bend Staging Area is about a mile inland from the Laguna Beach coast. We will shuttle you from the staging area to the grassy field (our restoration site) located at 2875 Laguna Canyon Road (http://goo.gl/maps/dGxzg), which is about a quarter mile south of this parking area and on the opposite side of Laguna Canyon Road.
Inland: From PCH/Hwy 1 turn north on Laguna Canyon Road and proceed about a mile, and then look for a large dirt parking lot on the left. This parking lot is right across the street from Castle Rock Road and the Jeeps R Us facility. There is a metal sign that says ‘Big Bend Staging Area’.
Hwy 5/405/or 73: Exit south on Laguna Canyon Road/CA State Route 133S. Continue south for about a mile south of the El Toro Road intersection and look for a large dirt parking lot on the right. This parking lot is right across the street from Castle Rock Road and the Jeeps R Us facility. There is a metal sign that says ‘Big Bend Staging Area’.
Restoration Activities: This restoration will entail the following activities: Digging 18” deep holes, planting 1-gallon plants, packing soil around plants, carrying mulch and supplies to planting sites, standing and kneeling repeatedly, hand-casting seed, tamping seed into the ground, trail construction, laying mulch over the trail,and various other activities related to planting seedlings.
Requirements: Participants must be at least 15 years old. All minors must be accompanied by a parent. Participants must be physically fit and capable of an extended period of digging and bending down to place plants in the soil.
What to bring: Please wear boots or sturdy shoes, long-sleeved shirt, sturdy pants, clothing layers, gardening gloves, 32-ounce water bottle with water, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Other recommended items include knee pads and a spade. If you have tools at home it would help us if you could bring a shovel, hoe, or metal rake (please see note below regarding tools request).
Note: We’ll provide snacks and water. Regarding tools, OC Parks typically provides tools and gear for LCF volunteers when projects occur on lands managed by OC Parks. However, in this instance, we are conducting a project on land that is not managed by OC Parks. We will be working on a tract of land that is owned by the City of Laguna Beach and for which LCF has been charged with managing the restoration component. That’s why we’re requesting that you bring a tool along if possible.
Please come out and help us “grow wild” this month. This is a special opportunity to get involved in a restoration project right in Laguna Canyon. These types of planting days can only be conducted between December and March when there are sufficient rains to help the plants establish. We’re doing seed sowing in December this year because many seeds like lupine need to go through a cold period before they’ll germinate
As usual, we at Laguna Canyon Foundation are turning to our dedicated volunteers to help us engineer critical work to bring beauty, functionality, and accessibility to our open space areas. We would love to work shoulder to shoulder with some of you as we restore this degraded landscape to a healthier ecosystem -- one plant at a time.
Interim Restoration Coordinator
Laguna Canyon Foundation