The Amigos Prune the South Parking Lt
By Kim DiPasquale

The Amigos Prune the South Parking LotBig thanks to Tom Pfeifer and his environmental science
students who helped trim the overgrown shrubs at the south
parking on two weekends this fall. Photo by Tom Pfeifer.
If you’ve been to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve South parking lot lately you will have noticed that the view of the bay has been significantly enhanced. The improvement represents the hard work of many individuals who donated their time on two separate weekends for pruning the foliage around the perimeter of the lot.

Tom Pfeifer and about thirty of his environmental science students along with Vic Leipzig, Jerry and Lori Donohue and myself pruned between two and three feet off the tops of the shrubs. We also removed two highly invasive Brazillian Pepper trees. This project was performed under the direction of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve manager, Kelly O’Reilly, over two Saturdays, September 14 and October 26.

In addition to improving the general visibility of the bay the project was also done in hopes of minimizing the vandalism and theft that commonly occur in the lot. Now that we are getting the first rains of the season we can expect to see the various plant species coming to life and looking better than ever. For those readers who are interested in participating in future projects around the Reserve and at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center please contact Kim DiPasquale at