Irvine Ranch Conservancy SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Team Name: Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteers

Award Category: Grow

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteers are shining stars of the environmental community. They are stewards of the Open Spaces of Orange County and specifically for the Irvine Ranch California and National Natural Landmarks, prized for its beauty, unusual geology and extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, the Landmarks feature many special places unlike anywhere else in the nation. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers are ambassadors for this very special land that is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Scientists have identified this region as one of the world’s biodiversity “hot spots” — an area with large concentrations of different species. Their work on the Landmarks is so important and we are utterly amazed by their continued dedication to the land during this past year when we secured a 94% volunteer renewal rate. Their continued support through donations, supporting the activities we have been able to offer to the community, diligently fulfilling patrols, picking up litter, grooming and keeping up the trails, checking the cameras, caring for the flora and the fauna, has been pivotal to our work during the tragic events we have seen that can harm these biological treasures. Rare and biologically rich coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats are the primary features that make the land worthy of Natural Landmark designation. Embedded within the expanses of scrub are imperiled natural communities such as native grasslands, stream corridors and live oak woodlands, as well as important populations of rare and endangered plants and animals so close to ever growing major population centers. We normally choose a few volunteers who may support us across the organization and go over and above in many ways to earn the highest honor we give to volunteers, but this year has truly tested the land through various hardships including: fire, drought, and urban growth. The year has challenged us each at a personal level. So, we chose to honor our core of volunteers and thank them for their continued support and vigilance to the land and the Mission of the organization. 

33 thoughts on “Irvine Ranch Conservancy SOV 21

  1. Congratulations to all the Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers. We are very grateful and honored by your generous donation of time and support to the land and organization. Your lasting legacy to the community is a priceless treasure! Thank you for all you do.

  2. Congratulations to ALL Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers! IRC truly appreciates your engagement, along with your support of the land that we all treasure so much. Thank you to each and every one of you!

  3. I am extremely grateful for the community of volunteers that work with the IRC. Your patience and perseverance during the past year is remarkable. Thanks for hanging with us, and know that the Land still needs your support and stewardship and our guests need you too. I look forward to the great work we’ll continue to do together.

  4. Thank you Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers! Your dedication and enthusiasm in serving your community and supporting the stewardship of our beloved land is truly inspiring! We look forward to working with you all for many years to come.

  5. It is a privilege to work with you all everyday! I appreciate every one of you for the time you give towards the land each year. This past year was different, but we got through it and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you to ALL of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers! We are grateful for and honored by your time, your care, your enthusiasm. Thank you for standing by us through the past year. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

  7. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help us protect and restore the wildlands of Orange County!

  8. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment, talent, and enthusiasm of our volunteers. I am forever grateful!

  9. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for all of the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm our volunteers have for the land. Even through this difficult year, you have been there ready to support as best as the circumstances allow. Thank you so much for your patience as you eagerly wait to get back on the land. We really couldn’t do it all without you! I can’t wait to be working with you again soon on the Irvine Ranch Open Space!

  10. Big thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work and dedication, we appreciate you! Looking forward to a successful year of stewardship!

  11. Thank you so much to each and every IRC volunteer! Your passion, enthusiasm, dedication and service are extraordinary and uplifting. Every time we meet, whether on the land or at an event, it re-energizes me in our shared Mission to care for the land and connect people to it. I have missed that very much these past months. Even though this has been a difficult year, we will soon be able to enjoy again the amazing community that is our volunteers. Irvine Ranch Conservancy is truly “volunteer powered!”

  12. Thank you, to ALL of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteers! Your dedication to the land, the trails and sharing your knowledge with others is a treasure for all of us! The Docent led hikes, the interpretation that you share and the hard work of removing non native plants has helped to make the Orange County open space a special treat for all those that go on your events and see the work that you accomplish!

  13. Hello all you wonderful volunteers! It is a delight and a privilege to work with you. It’s a great comfort as well- knowing all these projects and programs are in such safe hands. Thank you for all your time and energy and love. This has been a crazy year, but we’ve stuck together and with all of you on board, we know we’re ready for whatever comes next!

  14. We are so appreciative of your time, passion, and dedication. We wouldn’t be able to maintain our high standard of work without you, especially through such a challenging year.

  15. A big thank you to all our volunteers for their time and dedication in coming along side of us to help keep our land beautiful!

  16. A deeply sincere THANK YOU to all IRC volunteers. Your contribution is invaluable, having direct and lasting effects on our beautiful land. I am eternally grateful for your contribution to invasive control. Your passion, grit, and tenacity are truly inspiring. I would not be able to fight this winning fight without you.

  17. Many, many thanks to this incredible group of volunteers. We’re so lucky to have you all on our team. This year has been a doozy, yet through it all you’ve continued to support and amaze us. Glad we’re able to recognize each and every one of you this year!

  18. Thank you so much for your passion and dedication to the land, and thank you for being a part of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy family. You are very much appreciated and look forward to seeing you all on the trail.

  19. Thank you for being a part of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy family and thank you for your wonderful contribution to the land. We look forward to seeing you on the trail soon!

  20. Thank you all for what you do to help us volunteer with IRC, I love the open spaces

  21. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement during this year Covid and healing from Cancer., I will continue to be an ambassador to our lands and talk and walk the hills to all that will listen👏 I am excited to continue on this journey with my fellow volunteers and sponsors that have been along side of me all the way!!

  22. A heartfelt THANKS to all of IRC volunteers – your are all very much appreciated!

  23. Congratulations to all IRC volunteers, you truly make IRC great! We are very fortunate to have you as part of the organization and appreciate all the things each of you do to help with the organization’s mission. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  24. A HUGE Thank You to all our volunteers! This year’s been all over the place, but we’re looking forward to the future. We really wouldn’t be able to do all the work we do without you!

  25. Thank you to all the wonderful staff you all make it such a positive experience to volunteer for a wonderful organization while having a fantastic outdoor experience!

    1. I love all your inspiring and kind heartfelt notes. Thank you for always remembering us, but also always being there for the land and for the community. You are a treasure.

  26. Thanks to all of you for always being there for us. IRC is a great organization that I have had the privilege of volunteering for since 2009. I always feel appreciated by everyone on staff. Thanks for allowing us to participate albeit in limited numbers. I certainly have loved doing patrols on available trails, working at the seed farm, pulling Sahara mustard & fire watch on red flag days & after the 2 fires. It has been a difficult time & I look forward to the day all restrictions are lifted, and we can go back to “normal” again.

  27. Rocky your presence on the land and all the activities is assurance that all is well on the Open Space for the time being. Thank you for your care and your photos to keep us up to date. Mostly, thank you for your passion for the Earth, for people, for your community, and for your family. We love you so much!

  28. Thank you all for your hard work and letting us volunteers do what we love along with getting members of our community in our wonderful great outdoors and hopefully we will be able to do more organized hikes soon.

    1. Thank you Fran for your many years of hikes and connecting the community!

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