CBREP, UCI's Center of Environmental Biology and Chapman University joined forces to tackle a two-pronged research project. Driven by limited resources, limited funding and diminishing native habitat in southern California, this collaboration aims to dispel (1) the effectiveness of community-based restoration and (2) uncover the most cost effective planting method - seeds or seedlings? The results will assist NGOs, ecologists and others performing habitat restoration to accomplish more with less.
Last Saturday (2.20.16) was the first event open to the community volunteers to partake in this new habitat restoration study. Divided into two study groups and a control group, each of the 32 volunteers were assigned one of three tasks: seeding, planting or control. The groups will participate in the same group, once per month until the end of the study in June.
In addition to being a part of scientific research, volunteers were are provided the opportunity to learn about the cultural and natural history of the Upper Newport Bay, local vegetation and techniques of ecological restoration.
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