Native Plant Restoration Projects
Arundo donax, also commonly called giant reed, is native to the Mediterranean region and tropical Asia. In California from the late 1700s to early 1800s giant reed was often planted for roofing material, windbreaks and, ironically, as erosion control along drainage canals in the Los Angeles area. It has subsequently become invasive in riparian areas throughout southern North America, crowding out native riparian species, providing no known food or habitat for wildlife and increasing the risk of flooding, siltation and erosion. The presence of giant reed increases the susceptibility of normally fire-resistant riparian corridors to fire. Learn more about arundo and the Coalition’s nearly complete arundo removal project by clicking on the photos below.
'before', 'after' and 'more after' photos courtesy of Ken Owen of Channel Islands Restoration
©Carpinteria Creek Watershed Coalition 2010