How to Help Restore Native Habitat
(Thanks to Robert Hayek)
Here's what you can do to get involved with habitat restoration:
HOME Identify plants that are invasive exotics and remove them from your yard. Unfortunately, many invasive exotics are still for sale.
Don't add to the problem by introducing new ones. When choosing plants, Brodman (see reference below) suggests that you take a look at your area. See if you can determine what the habitat was before it was developed.Introduce back into the area the type of native plant material thathad been removed.
VOLUNTEER The California Native Plant Society Habitat Restoration Team has ongoing programs at Sunset and Natural Bridges state beaches and Fall Creek State Park. Workdays are scheduled twice a month onSaturdays from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Volunteers are welcomed between the ages of 8 and 80. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring water
and your enthusiasm. Tools are provided. Contact Linda Brodman831-462-4041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WATSONVILLE WETLANDS WATCH Summer restoration programs include: invasive plant removal, seed collecting and planting in the West Struve Slough and Struve Slough. Contact Laura Kummerer,831-728-4106.
WILDLANDS RESTORATION TEAM Work parties are scheduled in August to remove English ivy in Nisene Marks State Park. For information call,831-460-9453.
California Exotic Pest Plant Council (www.caleppc.org) or 'Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands,' edited by Carla Bossard,
University of California Press (2000)