Buck Gully Restoration

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Map of Buck Gully Reserve

Buck Gully 2014

The Buck Gully Reserve includes 300 acres of lush wilderness owned by the City of Newport Beach, home to numerous
species of plants and animals. Miles of trails running through protected open space habitats bring residents close to nature while they walk, run, hike and bike (click here for a hiking map of Buck Gully). Thanks to the City’s efforts to obtain a state Habitat Conservation Fund grant and through their partnership with Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Buck Gully now has an improved trail system and an active habitat restoration program.

Upper Buck Gully Reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk, and special naturalist-led activities are also available.  Buck Gully Activities.

Restoration of Buck Gully Reserve
The City of Newport Beach (City) has partnered with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy (Conservancy) to manage the Reserve through, among other means, targeted invasive plant species identification, removal and habitat restoration. An extensive study was recently completed that mapped out areas where habitat restoration opportunities occur within the gully. In order to reverse the effects of these invasive plants and reduce the threat of wild fires, a concerted effort is being taken to remove the non-native and fire-prone plants and trees within the Reserve. You may begin to notice volunteers, under the direction of the Conservancy, working on City property beginning in March within the hazard reduction zone as indicated on the following Buck Gully Restoration map.  (To request a copy, contact Jennifer Schulz 949-270-8103).  

Buck Gully’s neighbors play a key role in preserving this resource for future generations. Buck Gully’s diverse and sensitive network of plants and wildlife depend on each other for survival. Weeds and non-native animals introduced to the gully threaten this delicate ecological balance.

What can you do to help?
The answer is in your own backyard. Landscaping with drought-tolerant or fire-resistant native plants, reducing water use and removing fire fuels around your own home are three key ways to help support healthy habitats in Buck Gully.  In February, the City mailed an informational letter to area residents.  You can read that letter by clicking here.

The Buck Gully Reserve educational brochure illustrates how you can help through three simple steps to consider when maintaining your yard: 1) Plant Natives 2) Reduce Water Use and 3) Reduce Fire Fuels. Any assistance that you can provide on your side of the property line will positively impact the work being done on public property in the Reserve.

Love the Gully
Volunteers are needed to remove weeds monthly with the Conservancy science team to reduce invasive and fire-prone weeds.  Conservancy staff and volunteers lead hikes and activities along Buck Gully trails, perform regular trail maintenance and stewardship programs. Staff identifies and removes invasive weeds in the gully and along residential property lines, often working with volunteers from the public. Removing these plants and replacing them with native species helps to sustain the ecological balance in Buck Gully and reduce fire risk for local residents. For more information click here.

Restoration of Buck Gully: 

Upper Buck Gully Reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk, and special naturalist-led activities are also available. For more information about the reserve click here: 

Bad for Buck Gully - 10 Plants to Avoid
The most fire-prone and invasive plants are:

  • Brazilian peppertrees
  • Pampas grass
  • Italian cypress
  • Juniper
  • Iceplant
  • Peruvian peppertree
  • English ivy
  • Myoporum
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine tree


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