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Plant nursery volunteers recruited

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Davis residents and Putah Creek Council volunteers Mariely Ataide and Robert Gonzalez help transplant and care for California native plants in a South Davis plant nursery. Community volunteers are needed to help raise native plants that will be used on various habitat improvement sites near Putah Creek and its tributaries. Courtesy photo

Putah Creek Council is looking for volunteers to help grow plants for local habitat improvement projects in its native plant nursery

The plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed, and are propagated and maintained by community volunteers to be planted at habitat enhancement sites along Putah Creek and its tributaries. There, they provide structure, food, shelter, nesting and cover to native wildlife; improve water quality; block illegal trespass;; and provide beauty and shade to human visitors.

“Volunteering in the native plant nursery is a great way to see what’s behind the scenes in habitat restoration ,” said Carrie Shaw, Putah Creek Council’s interim executive director. “It’s a great way to learn some of the local native plants, and a fun way to meet other community members who care about doing something good for the environment.”

Shaw continues, “Volunteering at the nursery is really exciting because you can plant a seedling, watch it grow, and then a year later, plant it out on the creek. You can really be part of the whole restoration process.”

* Tuesday morning events are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., every week from June 24 through Sept. 16;

* Tuesday evening events are from 6 to 8 p.m., every other week, from now through Aug. 19; and

* Saturday morning events are from 9:30 a.m. to noon, every other week from now through Sept. 6.

Tasks vary for each event, but generally include transplanting young seedlings into larger containers, weeding, organizing and cleanup.

All events are held at Putah Creek Council’s native plant nursery in South Davis. Directions are provided to volunteers upon registration.

All ages welcome, including supervised children over age 12. Putah Creek Council will provide all the gloves, tools and supplies.

For full event details and registration, visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

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