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Volunteer Workday – October 22nd

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On October 22nd, The Living Arroyos Program hosted a private volunteer event with the Sai Baba group. 24 volunteers removed 1,260 gallons of invasive plants along the Arroyo Mocho at Stanley Reach.Volunteers established a systematic process for removing the targeted plant species, cocklebur. A group of volunteers removed these large plants by hand, another group placed the plant material in trash bags, and the third group assisted the Living Arroyos crew in preparing bags for delivery to LARPD’s green waste bin.

Volunteers hand weeding

Volunteers hand weeding

This was the Sai Baba’s group first time attending a Living Arroyos Volunteer Workday! Parents worked with their children, ranging from 4 years old to 13 years old, while teaching them the value of community service.

We want to send a special thank you, to our first-time volunteers for choosing to improve our local streams!

Family working together :)

Family working together :)

Oct. 22nd group photo

Oct. 22nd group photo

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

Living Arroyos Volunteer Kick-off Event 2016

On October 1st, the Living Arroyos Program hosted their annual Volunteer Kick-off Event at Stanley Reach in Livermore, California.  A total of 10 hard-working volunteers hand removed 1,710 gallons of Cocklebur (Xanthium), an invasive plant species that is known to inhibit the growth of other plants. As the Cocklebur seeds scratched, poked and attached to their clothing, our volunteers pressed forward removing small plants by hand and larger plants with trench shovels. After a morning full of hard work, sweat, and an occasional “Ouch!”, we relaxed and enjoyed  the opportunity to connect with one another over a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Emil Villa’s Hickory Pit. Living Arroyos staff would like to thank our passionate volunteers for making this event a success! We are looking forward to working with you all again.

Before After1

coveredwithseeds
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