Rosie from Volunteer Ventura educating volunteers on the Managed Retreat Project

Rosie from Volunteer Ventura educating volunteers on the Managed Retreat Project

With solid head high sets breaking at Surfers Point, more than twenty motivated volunteers from the Surfrider Foundation and Volunteer Ventura came together for the second time this year, as part of the Managed Retreat Project. Temperatures stayed in the 70s with a cool breeze blowing through. Perfect conditions for the second workday of the year.

Even goats showed up to assist our volunteers!

Even goats showed up to assist our volunteers*

The main goal of the day was to remove the non-native searocket plants that propagate throughout the dunes this time of year, before they start to seed and spread throughout the area.

Leading the charge was Dave Hubbard, from Coastal Restoration Consultants. Dave helped volunteers identify which plants are native, such as beach burr, and which ones to remove.

Dave Hubbard educating volunteers, who were showing off shiny new Surfrider vests!

Dave Hubbard educating volunteers, who were showing off shiny new Surfrider vests!

After 2+ hours of dedicated work, it was estimated that the dunes were 90% clear of the lavender-flowered Sea Rocket, our main non-native plant of concern. Removing these annual plants before new seeds are released enables the native plants to fill the spaces taken up this year’s crop.

Event Details:

March 30, 2015

Time: 9am – Noon

Volunteers present: 24

*Goats were not included in volunteer head count