The disastrous 4,750-acre fire on Catalina in 2007 swept through the beautiful Haypress Recreational Area and destroyed most of the trees.
For many years, Haypress has been an important recreational area for the community and for visitors, frequently used by residents and visitors who enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the views to the Haypress Reservoir, hiking trails, outdoor cooking facilities and a children’s playground. The Conservancy is committed to restoring this community resource to its former beauty and improving it for all to enjoy.
The Conservancy undertook a restoration project which included the replacement of structures and equipment in the area, and also planting of 70 Torrey pines, 90 Catalina ironwoods, 55 Island cherries and 30 Island oaks. Planted in four distinct groves, the trees replaced the fire-killed trees and bring new beauty to this popular spot.
The cost of removing the dead trees and replanting of the new trees, along with equipment and supplies, totaled $100,000, which was funded through the Conservancy’s Operating Reserves.
Contributions and sponsorships will allow the Conservancy to rebuild its financial reserves in the event of a future disaster. Conservancy supporters and tree-lovers at large have the opportunity to purchase a $500 sponsorship for a specific species of tree from one of the groves that the donor selects. This can be a straight donation or can be used as a memorial for a loved one or as an honorarium.
The Groves include:
Grove 1 -- Torrey pines (Pinus torreyana) -- is in the Haypress Recreational Area and along the side of the road across from Haypress.
Grove 2 -- Catalina ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. floribundus) -- is located alongside the Stagecoach Road approaching Haypress from the east.
Grove 3 -- Catalina cherries (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii) -- is along the Stagecoach Road just below the Summit Vista Native Plant Garden.
Grove 4 -- Island oaks (Quercus tomentella) -- is located along the Stagecoach Road at the Laura Stein Volunteer Camp turnoff.
To make a donation or sponsorship in support of the Haypress Recreational Area Restoration Project, note it on your check and mail it to: Catalina Island Conservancy, PO Box 2739, Avalon, CA 90704. Or specify your wishes in the special instructions box and donate online.