Planting Vegetation

Planting Vegetation – Fall 2015 and Spring 2016


Why plant vegetation?

  • Increases soil retention and the quality of the soil
  • Promotes wildlife habitat
  • Reduces invasive weed growth
  • Beautifies the scenery
  • Removes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen via photosynthesis, alleviating the greenhouse effect
  • Helps CSUCI obtain TreeCampusUSA status


Student Leaders: 

Fall 2015: Giselle Gutierrez,  Warit Kritalukkul,  Marlena Sauceda & Kimia Tehrani

Spring 2016: Chris Conway, David Morales, Omar Peraza, Ravneet Singh & Robert Villa



The flyer the students created.

In the Fall Semester of 2015, students designed and proposed a project to plant vegetation on campus. The arborist, John Fluharty, was instrumental on providing insight towards the best plants in terms of drought tolerance, native vegetation and ideal location on campus. The project was approved and funded for $4,500.

In the Spring Semester of 2016, students helped organize a vegetation planting event at the Long Grade Creek. The natural habitat of the Long Grade Creek was disrupted during the construction of the CSUCI entrance road, University Drive. The students worked hard to get volunteers for the event by creating and passing out flyers and tabling on Earth Day. They were able to get 50 volunteers to help plant 76 trees. The following species of trees were planted: Catalina Ironwood, Western Redbud, Coast Live Oak, and the California White Oak or Valley Oak.


My students planting at Long Grade Creek.



Below is a video made by Sean Anderson about the Long Grade Creek Restoration



We would like to give special thanks to the arborist, John Fluharty, for his guidance. Professor Simone Aloisio, Coleen Barsley from Facilities, and Gina Matibag from Academic Affairs made these projects possible through their support and wisdom. This project was funded by CI’s Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fund.