Catalina Island Restoration Project

Ensuring a Beautiful Catalina for Future Generations

About the Catalina Island Restoration Project Plan

The Catalina Island Restoration Project, undertaken by the Catalina Island Conservancy, is a comprehensive initiative aimed at reviving and safeguarding the natural ecosystem of Catalina Island. The project seeks to protect the Island’s biodiversity, mitigate erosion, prevent wildfires, and create a sustainable environment for both wildlife and humans to thrive.

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Steve Tabor

Jack Baldelli

Did You Know?

Did you know that Catalina Island is home to over 60 plant and animal species found ONLY on Catalina Island? Plant species include St. Catherine’s Lace, Catalina Manzanita, Catalina nightshade, Malva rosa and Catalina Island mountain-mahogany, which is the rarest tree in North America. Animal species include the tiny Catalina Island fox, giant California ground squirrel, Catalina Island shrew, Catalina California quail and Catalina Hutton’s vireo.

Three-Pronged Approach

The Catalina Island Restoration Project is built upon three key pillars—habitat restoration, plant restoration, and species management.

Habitat Restoration: The Catalina Island Restoration Project aims to combat soil erosion, preserve endangered native species, minimize the risk of wildfires, and foster a healthy ecosystem. This will ensure that the soil is stabilized, unique plant and animal species don’t go extinct, there’s more water capture, and both animals and humans can thrive. Through habitat restoration, the Conservancy aims to create a harmonious balance where the Island’s natural beauty can flourish.

An explant of Catalina Island mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae) in a test tube in Catalina Island Conservancy's Plant Tissue Culture Lab.

Plant Restoration: To revive the delicate ecological balance on Catalina Island, the Conservancy has established a seed farm dedicated to growing endemic and native plant species. These plants play a vital role in the restoration process, and their seeds are harvested to create specialized seed mixes for restoration projects. By reintroducing and propagating native plants, the Conservancy ensures the preservation of Catalina Island’s unique flora, which is crucial for maintaining a resilient ecosystem.


Species Management: Over time, the introduction of non-native plant and animal species, such as Genista linifolia (flax-leaf broom) and mule deer, has inflicted considerable harm on the Island’s ecosystem. The Catalina Restoration Project encompasses the development of a comprehensive plan for removing deer and reducing invasive plant species to alleviate the detrimental impact of these species on native animals and plants and to restore Ecosystem services.

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The Catalina Island Restoration Project is a complex initiative with lots of moving parts. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions and their answers to give you more information. If you do not see your question here, please Contact Us.