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Winters resident Jeff Carlson plants native vegetation in a slough, a natural waterway in central Yolo County, as part of a habitat enhancement and water quality improvement project funded by the Yocha Dehe Community Fund. Courtesy photo

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Volunteers get ready to dig in along Yolo slough

Putah Creek Council and Yolo Resource Conservation District are seeking community volunteers to help plant several hundred native shrubs and groundcovers to help prevent erosion, improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat along Cottonwood Slough, a natural waterway near Madison in central Yolo County.

Two volunteer shifts are planned on Saturday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The project site is on County Road 89, 1 mile south of Madison. Registered volunteers will receive exact location information.

Putah Creek Council provides all the tools, supplies and gloves. Volunteers of any age and experience level are welcome. Putah Creek Council and Yolo RCD representatives will teach proper planting techniques.

“This is a great opportunity to not only help enhance wildlife habitat and water quality in a local stream, but also a neat opportunity to see the commitment of local farmers to natural resource conservation,” said Libby Earthman, Putah Creek Council executive director.

“The farmer on this property has worked closely with local natural resource professionals to find a way to balance his farming priorities while making space for wildlife habitat.”

Volunteers must register at www.putahcreekcouncil.org or by calling 530-795-3006.

The Cottonwood Slough planting is one of several projects funded by the Yocha Dehe Community Fund, in a grant to several local agencies and nonprofits that are collaborating to engage more students and community volunteers in conservation projects.

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