Volunteer opportunities at the Putah Creek Native Plant Nursery

Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help grow and care for native plants at the Putah Creek Native Plant Nursery.
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By Amy Williams Special to the Express Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help grow and care for native plants at the Putah Creek Native Plant Nursery. Located in south Davis, the Putah Creek Nursery grows over 60 species of native plants for habitat restoration. Seeds and cuttings are collected from the throughout the Putah-Cache watershed and propagated and cared for by community volunteers. Each winter, the plants are installed along Putah Creek and its tributaries where they provide food, shelter, and cover to native wildlife, improve water quality, and enhance aesthetics for creek visitors. “Our cooperative native plant nursery, sponsored by CAL FIRE and Solano County Water Agency, is a terrific example of cooperation among state, local and non-profit entities to promote propagation of native plants from locally collected seeds and cuttings for public benefit habitat enhancement projects,” said Rich Marovich, Putah Creek Streamkeeper and founder of the Putah Creek Nursery. “The nursery has greatly leveraged local habitat restoration efforts on Lower Putah Creek and elsewhere in Solano and Yolo counties. It has subsidized projects by local Resource Conservation Districts and Tree Davis among others. Planting native vegetation, including many species that have been declining throughout their ranges, is key to sustaining our wildlife heritage. Many of the species that we grow are drought tolerant, enhancing the resiliency of landscapes in addition to providing wildlife benefits.” The Council hosts community volunteer events at the nursery on alternating Saturday mornings year round. Upcoming Saturday events are scheduled for March 16 and 30, and April 13 and 27. Tasks vary for each event, but generally include seeding, transplanting seedlings into larger containers, weeding, organizing, and clean-up. All ages welcome, including supervised children under twelve. Putah Creek Council will provide all the gloves, tools, and supplies. The Putah Creek Nursery is a joint effort between Putah Creek Council, the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, and CAL FIRE’s Lewis A. Moran Reforestation Center with funding provided by the Solano County Water Agency. For full event details and to register, visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or call 530-795-3006.]]>

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