Local residents can participate in the Martin Luther King. Jr. National Day of Service on Monday by participating in two local planting projects.
To pay tribute to King’s heroic public service, Congress designated his birth holiday as a national day of service — a “day on, not a day off.”
The Putah Creek Council will host a community service activity along the North Davis Covell irrigation channel on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs that will provide wildlife habitat to birds and butterflies, improve water quality and beautify the greenway.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and honor (King’s) memory,” said Libby Earthman, Putah Creek Council’s executive director.
The planting event is part of the North Davis Riparian Greenbelt project, which will green the storm water ditch by replacing weedy, annual vegetation with drought-tolerant vegetation that benefits wildlife, water quality and pollinators.
No experience is necessary; all volunteers will be taught proper planting techniques. Besides planting, volunteers may be asked to help with other tasks, including drip irrigation set-up and mulching.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome, including supervised children. Everyone should dress appropriately for the weather in clothes that can get dirty, and should wear closed-toe shoes. This is a rain-or-shine event, and mud boots and ponchos will be supplied as needed.
Putah Creek Council will provide all the plants, tools, gloves and other supplies.
Volunteers must register at www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or by calling 530-795-3006.
A bit farther afield, Tuleyome also is hosting a King day project, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in Napa County. Community members are invited to come out and help remove invasive plants and do some planting around the Pope Creek Bridge at Lake Berryessa.
Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization to protect the wild and agricultural heritages of the Inner Coastal Range and the Western Sacramento Valley for current and future generations. These areas include all or parts of Yolo, Solano, Lake, Napa and Mendocino counties.
So far, volunteers have helped Tuleyome plant oak and pine trees from acorns and seedlings, and have planted silver lupine, toyon, yerba santa, coyote brush and more than 1,500 plugs of native bunchgrass in the Pope Creek Bridge area. The organization’s MLK Day of Service will expand on the restoration already started there and will include weeding and some planting. People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to attend.
Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided, but Tuleyome asks that attendees bring their own lunches and wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. A hat, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes are also recommended.
The habitat restoration project will take place at the corner of Pope Canyon Road and Berryessa-Knoxville Road at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. This project is part of Tuleyome’s newly expanded Home Place Adventures program. Other upcoming outings for the public include the Road 53 Guinda hike on Saturday, Jan. 18; the Zim Zim Falls hike on Saturday, Feb. 22; and the Pope-to-Putah hike on Saturday, March 1.
For more information and to sign up for these events, go to the Tuleyome website at www.tuleyome.org and click on the Upcoming Hikes and Outings button, or contact the Home Place Adventures coordinator, Charlotte Orr, at firstname.lastname@example.org.