|We host bi-monthly hands-on coastal
restoration projects. These projects are designed to engage
people of all ages and abilities, provide science education,
and promote participation and camaraderie. Through these projects,
we remove non-native vegetation, clean-up waterways, repair
erosion gullies, and plant local native plants.
Eradication of Pampas grass
We remove European Dune Grass and Pampas Grass, two extremely
invasive species that are destroying native dune habitats
at Franklin Point, near Año Nuevo, -- one of the most
beautiful natural dune areas on the coast.
In the third year of this project, the eradication of Pampas/Jubata
Grass (Cortaderia jubata) has been very successful, with plant
numbers reduced from over 1,000, including many large plants,
to under 100 small new sprouts each year.
The European Dune Grass (Ammophila arenaria) project area
1 is 99%complete with only a handful of re-sprouts each month,
instead of complete coverage. Project area 2 is 90% complete,
project area 3 is 70% complete and Area 4 is 30% complete
on one half, and 60% on the other half. Continued success
depends on new people helping every month. Volunteer to help
save one of the most beautiful habitats on the coast. Call
John Wade at 650-879-3244.
Our Pampas Grass eradication project between
Pescadero and San Gregorio with farm workers was very successful
last year in removing over 20,000 plants, and if funds are
raised this year, we will be following up to eliminate re-sprouts
and take on adjoining areas.
In cooperation with State Parks, we are working with K-8
grade children from the La Honda and Pescadero Elementary
Schools and Middle School, as well as the San Joaquin Outdoor
School, to remove invasive plants in Pescadero Marsh (European
Dune Grass and Ice Plant)
At La Honda School we worked with the K, 1, 4 & 5th grades
to do a small erosion control project next to one of the classrooms.
Recently, we presented three field classes
on erosion control methods for the coast including the difficult
problem of soil piping and biotechnical methods using willow
plantings. We plan future projects to help stop the spread
of invasive species and restore the gullies on the coast.