[fosc] Weekly Update

kristen hopper krhop@earthlink.net
Thu, 03 Jul 2003 11:07:04 -0700

Greetings all,
Well it was a very sultry day in the canyon last Saturday. The few brave 
souls who turned up kept cool by pouring cool drinks of creek water on 
some of our gasping out-plants in the restoration area. With any luck 
this extra boost of moisture will help those newly establishing green 
things get through this hot spell.

We also carefully removed all of the bits of Cape ivy that we could find 
within the planted area. Considering the vigor with which this noxious 
weed is flourishing on the opposite side of the creek - it was a happy 
surprise to find it in only four manageable spots. That's the good news, 
the bad news is that it has been recently discovered that Delairea 
odorata is actually producing seed in the Marin Headlands, eek. 
California Exotic Pest Plant Council (CalEPPC) is taking donations for 
Cape ivy biocontrol research. They also have a great newsletter that you 
get if you become a member. CalEPPC, c/o Sally Davis, 32912 Calle del 
Tesoro, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 92675-4227.

Our next Saturday morning workday will be held on July 19th from 9-12. 
We will meet in the usual spot at El Centro and then car pool up to the 
Monterey Blvd. stand of redwoods. The idea is to focus on conservation 
of a patch of redwood sorrel. This plant is part of a typical healthy 
redwood understory. Unfortunately, due to disturbance caused by logging, 
trampling and encroachment by English ivy this patch is a tiny remnant 
of what should be happily blanketing the redwood forest floor in the 
Sausal Creek watershed. Perhaps if we beat back the English ivy and 
Himalayan blackberries we'll preserve a genetically local stand of 
Oxalis oregana for use in future local revegetation efforts.

Work at the nursery - well, you wouldn't believe the turn out ! We had 
600 volunteers visit for two days last Friday and Saturday. It was 
incredible, there is not a weed left standing. And what a great 
conversation piece those "hooved locusts" made at our volunteer 
appreciation party. The work performed by humans focused on 
transplanting a new but appropriate native for the creek and giving hair 
cuts to our very vigorous California blackberry. Thanks to every one who 
came out and worked. Thanks also to those of you who came out to be 
appreciated. Hope you do feel that way. FoSC would not exist if it were 
not for all of your different strengths, interests and enthusiastic input.

Happy Interdependence Day,
Kristen Hopper