Living Arroyos

Touriga Creek Volunteer Day

Living Arroyos was excited to host our first volunteer workday at Touriga Creek in Pleasanton, California. 12 volunteers assisted Living Arroyos staff in sheet mulching a targeted area of the site to sustainably reduce the presence of non-native, invasive ivy.

As our muscles grew tired from shoveling, transporting and spreading mulch; volunteers encouraged one another to keep working. At one time, a young volunteer motivated his mom, saying “Come on mom, you can do it…just a little more to go”. After all of our hard work, we looked over the site with a sense of pride, knowing that we’d made a positive impact on the local environment. Even a few deer came by to marvel at the transformed riparian area.

Touriga Creek  Before

Touriga Creek
Before

Hand weeding ivy

Hand weeding ivy

Sheet mulching (step 1)

Sheet mulching (step 1)

sheet mulching (step 2)

sheet mulching (step 2)

Creating our mulch pile

Creating our mulch pile

 

transporting mulch

transporting mulch

 

 

shoveling mulch

shoveling mulch

 

Touriga Creek After

Touriga Creek
After

 

Yay! Mission complete

Yay! Mission complete

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