Lalo Mora has over 25 years experience and for the past 12 years, Enviroscaping has worked with city and county government agencies and local nonprofit organizations to restore creekbeds, wetlands, parks, roadsides and recreation areas by returning them to their original state as balanced, integrated, attractive and fully functioning ecosystems.
Our work often involves removing invasive plants, which can choke out natives and the birds and other animals that depend on them for food and shelter, and replacing them with natives to re-establish a healthy system. Perfectly adapted to local conditions, native plants require less care and water, support wildlife, and create an aesthetically pleasing whole of harmonious, naturally co-existing parts.
Examples of such work include:
- Removing four acres of pampas grass and planting 5,000 natives in its place along Lake Los Carneros in Goleta
- Restoring the Arroyo Burro creek at Hendry’s Beach by removing non-native “weeds” and planting natives
- Planting some 18,000 natives as part of a restoration on 34 acres of Carpinteria Salt Marsh after new waterways were cut to improve and extend habitat for estuarine life.
As the main Santa Barbara County contractor for riparian restoration, we have restored more than 100 creek beds that had been diverted as part of government efforts to control flooding, mitigate pollution or even provide improved passage for steelhead trout. Grading, erosion prevention, planting, rockwork and pathway design and construction are the main components of such work. We have also restored streambeds from which small dump sites had been removed, and we create bioswales near new construction, which serve to filter polluted runoff water before it enters the watershed and makes its way to the ocean.
“It’s a great thing to see,” says Lalo Mora. “The ecosystems are going back to how Nature designed them.” And Enviroscaping is leading the way.