Starting in 2012, VLT with assistance from many of our partners, began cleaning up the Willoughby property to maximize environmental and community benefits. Since that time, we have removed over 100 tons of waste from the site, as well as huge amounts of invasive species. The results of this restoration have been astounding. Bobcats, coyotes, and deer have been spotted using the newfound habitat; a recent plant survey found over 120 species living on the preserve; the amount of trash reaching the river has been reduced by approximately 99%.
Efforts to maintain the property are ongoing. We need additional support to continue our patrols and cleanups in the river bottom. Help us keep the Ventura River Estuary clean and safe!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About VENTURA LAND TRUST
3451 FOOTHILL RD STE 201, VENTURA, CA 93003, US
The mission of Ventura Land Trust is to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations.
Ventura Land Trust (VLT), a community-based nonprofit organization, believes that preserving open space and providing public access enhances the economy, quality of life, and public well-being of Ventura and surrounding communities. With local partners, VLT works to protect the natural beauty of our area. VLT builds trails, restores habitat, plants trees, and cleans up our rivers.
Ventura Land Trust envisions a Ventura with more trails, more hiking, more biking, and more opportunity to enjoy natural areas. VLT envisions more preserved open space that balances the protection of wildlife and the environment. Working with willing landowners, land is either protected via acquisition or through a land conservation agreement.