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Volunteers needed to help in native plant nursery

By From page A4 | February 24, 2013

A Putah Creek Council volunteer transplants seedlings at the organization's native plant nursery in South Davis as part of an ongoing habitat improvement project. Volunteers are needed every other Saturday morning throughout the spring. Courtesy photo


The Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help in its native plant nursery in South Davis every other Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The events begin Feb. 23 and continue through September.

The native plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed. The nursery inventory is vast and ever-changing, but a few favorite natives are toyon, coffeeberry, California wild rose and buttonwillow.

During the rainy season, December through March, nursery-grown trees, shrubs, sedges and wildflowers will be planted along Putah Creek in hedgerows or mass plantings to create wildlife habitat, attract pollinators beneficial to agriculture, and improve water quality by preventing erosion and illegal vehicle trespass.

“Volunteering at the nursery is exciting because you can plant a seed, watch it grow, and then a year later, plant it out on the creek,” said Libby Earthman, Putah Creek Council’s executive director. “You can really be part of the whole restoration process.”

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

Upcoming events are March 9, 23, April 6, 20. All ages are welcome, including supervised children. Putah Creek Council will provide all the gloves, tools and supplies. For full details and description, and to register, visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

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