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Thank You Volunteers!

The Living Arroyos Program hosted two volunteer workdays in the month of February. Each volunteer event was hosted at separate project sites with two distinct goals in mind.

February 4th volunteer day group photo

February 4th volunteer day group photo

February 18th volunteer day group photo

February 18th volunteer day group photo

On Saturday, February 4th, volunteers were asked to meet at the Stanley Reach Project site to implement riparian habitat maintenance plans. We were delighted to meet with 25 volunteers who were eager to get the job done. We dedicated the morning toward removing wild radish plants that were invading areas where our native trees are trying to flourish.

Volunteers hand weeding wild radish

Volunteers hand weeding wild radish

We are excited to announce that our volunteers removed 490 gallons of wild radish plants by hand. After a 15 minute break, we focused our attention on the native trees located closer to the channel. Due to recent rainstorms, these trees were covered and/or damaged by large loads of wooden debris that were deposited on stream banks. Volunteers worked diligently removing 1,125 gallons of wooden debris.

Volunteer removing wooden debris

Volunteer removing wooden debris

We hosted another successful volunteer event on Saturday, February 18th, at the Springtown Mitigation Project site. 49 enthusiastic volunteers attended the event to assist in enhancing riparian habitat.

Volunteers

Volunteers

We had three goals for the day: (1) plant 167 native trees (2) participate in the City of Livermore’s BioBlitz by logging 167 trees in the iNaturalist App, and (3) remove trash. Because of the large group of volunteers, we were able to achieve all three goals!

After planting and logging the 167 native trees, volunteers removed over 200 gallons of trash out of the channel.

Volunteers planting a native tree

Volunteers planting a native tree

Father and son removing trash

Father and son removing trash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to thank our volunteers for their efforts in improving and enhancing local riparian habitat! We look forward to working with you all again : )

Living Arroyos New Intern!

You may have met her already, but we at Living Arroyos are happy to introduce our new intern—

Charlie Chesney!

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Charlie joined the Living Arroyos team as a Park Enhancement Aid in January 2017. She graduated from San Francisco State University in May 2015 with a BS in Biology and Zoology. Since then, she has counted migrating raptors in Yellowstone and worked with California Condors in Big Sur. Charlie will be continuing her conservation education in graduate school this fall. In her free time, Charlie explores Livermore’s trails, is learning how to sew, and spends time with her three cats.

Please give Charlie a warm welcome to the Living Arroyos Program!

Living Arroyos Volunteers Participate in Weed Control Efforts

After canceling the last two volunteer workdays due to weather conditions, the Living Arroyos Program was happy to host their 6th volunteer event on Saturday, February 4th.  A total of 26 volunteers met at the Arroyo Mocho Stanly Reach project site at 9 AM, traveling from distances as far as Moraga, CA to Fremont, CA.

College roommates reconnect at Living Arroyos volunteer event

College roommates reconnect at Living Arroyos volunteer event

The Living Arroyos field crew had two goals in mind for this particular workday.

Our primary goal was to remove invasive plant species that compete with the hundreds of native trees we’ve planted for space, nutrients, water and light. With a quick visual assessment of the riparian habitat at Stanley Reach, it is obvious that wild radish is the dominant invasive plant species on site. This broadleaf plant can grow up to 2 feet tall and can be susceptible to several diseases and pests that could cause harm to our native trees.

Volunteers hand removing invasive plant species

Volunteers hand removing invasive plant species

Our second goal was to remove large piles of wooden debris that was washed on site as a result of recent rainstorms. Piles of wooden debris have completely covered or caused damage to many of the trees planted closest to the water channel.

Volunteers removing wooden debris

Volunteers removing wooden debris

Our plan of action was to sustainably remove unwanted plant material by hand. At the end of the workday, volunteers removed 490 gallons of wild radish plants and 1,125 gallons of wooden debris.

We want to send our warmest gratitude to our volunteers for their hard work and dedication toward improving riparian habitat and water quality conditions within the Livermore-Amador Valley. You all are TRULY AMAZING!!!

Piles of wooden debris _ before

Piles of wooden debris _ before

Wooden debris_ after

Wooden debris_ after