Summer Of 99--returning The Natives
Helping to Replanting native vegetation keeps history alive.
Thursday, May 27, 1999
California''s rich natural legacy is very much a part of the state''s history, and there is no better way to pay tribute to that aspect of our past than to replant native vegetation.
Two local organizations, the CSUMB Watershed Institute at Fort Ord and the Rana Creek Habitat Restoration in Carmel Valley, are excellent resources for native plant restoration.
The Watershed Institute''s Return of the Natives program sponsors year-round activities geared toward community-wide plant restoration projects.
During the summer, high school internships allow students to help with seed gathering, working in the program''s greenhouses and doing cuttings and transplanting. Applications need to be filled out prior to the mid-June startup. Volunteers are also welcome.
Help is also needed to eradicate weeds at area parks and schools that participate in the native plant program, as well as to gather seeds for winter planting. At the end of August, help is needed planting thousands of native grasses and wildflowers at 10 greenhouses at participating schools throughout the county.
For more information on the Return of the Natives program, call Laura Lee Link at 582-3689.
The Rana Creek program and nursery is an excellent resource for all kinds of native plants, including flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs that can turn your yard into a living natural history museum.
It is best to call ahead to set up an appointment with the staff to tour the facility and get expert advice on which plants will do best based on exposure, soil, etc. Needless to say, all the plants are very drought tolerant, which is an added plus given the need for water conservation.
Rana Creek is located at 35351 E. Carmel Valley Rd. 659-3820