The top image was taken in August of 2014, before habitat restoration.
The middle image was taken during the restorative process, in November 2015.
Bottom image shows the groupings of oak, willow and sycamore that will become the landscape over the next 20 years. The dead eucalyptus will provide structure for birds while the sycamores grow to their full height. View to the water where soils are too rocky to support larger plants. Oaks will choose higher ground that has deep enough soils and the willows will claim the wettest spots.
Unhealthy Eucalyptus Tree
This eucalyptus tree is suffering from damage done by the Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer.
Beautiful Lake Hodges
View of Lake Hodges from the water tower, December 2014
Lauren and Warren volunteer at one of the restoration work parties.
The Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer
The major damage these beetles cause to eucalyptus is done by feeding beetle larvae.
Cal Fire Crew at Work
Women’s crew from Rainbow Correctional working on habitat restoration.
Deep Well Planting with Mulch - SDGE
Beautiful Oak Trees
CalFire Crew Firewood Cleanup 2
Cal Fire Crew Firewood Cleanup
Del Dios Gorge - Habitat Restoration Progression
Upper right image was taken in January of 2008, prior to any restorative work.
Bottom right image from March of 2013 shows the restoration in progress.
September 2015, bottom left, after invasives have been removed. Willows and Oak trees show significant new growth and are healthier.
Goldspotted Oak Borer
Learn more about this invasive beetle here .
Del Dios Park Creek View From Bridge
Just inside the entrance gate at the parking lot, the view down-creek from the concrete bridge. Top image was taken just after the 2007 fire. Bottom left image taken in September 2015, during the restoration process. Bottom right shows the Cal Fire crew working.
ILACSD Volunteers - 2013
Loading dumpsters with removed invasives.
Dam Keeper House Below Grass
ILACSD - 2013
The I Love A Clean San Diego volunteer crew.
Dam Keeper Nest Platform
ILACSD - 2013
Young volunteers from I Love A Clean San Diego lend a hand in habitat restoration.