[fosc] Weekly update from the field

kristen hopper krhop@earthlink.net
Thu, 10 Jul 2003 22:43:43 -0700

Hi all,
As the ground dries out and the drama of our summer drought reaches a 
cracked clay kind of crescendo - we are reminded of the uniqueness of 
our seasonal cycles. California is well known for it's rich biological 
diversity. Throughout the state there is an incredible range of 
temperature, rainfall, altitude etc., which of course contributes to our 
famed biodiversity. Right here in our own little slice of outer coast 
range to bay watershed we have a surprising array of different types of 
biomes from redwood forest to riparian corridor with mixed 
hard-woodland, chaparral and grassland in between.
The Restoration Committee has been working since it's formation last 
year on a way to focus our talents and energies as a group dedicated "to 
protect and enhance" the watershed's ecological diversity. Currently, we 
are considering basing our program on an approach which addresses one 
site within each of our watershed's five biomes. This is not only an 
exciting way to focus our efforts but it will also bring educational 
opportunity to the work that we do on our regular Saturday work 
programs. We, of course, will have to continue to triage work on 
explosive invasive plant populations but having this new framework will 
give us an opportunity to become truly familiar with each of the five 
key biomes within the upper watershed.

So -our next scheduled Saturday morning work program will actually 
involve conserving the redwood understory off of Monterey Blvd. Meet on 
July 19th at 9 a.m. at the El Centro trail head to carpool up. Bring a 
favorite blackberry or ivy removal tool if you have one. Wear long 
sleeves and long pants or layers (it will be cool under the big trees ).

This Saturday 7/12 there will be plenty of pleasant potting up to do 
under the parachute. The nursery will be open from 1:30-4.

Kristen Hopper

"Every species is bound to its community in the unique manner by which 
it variously consumes, is consumed, competes and cooperates with other 
species. It also indirectly affects the community in the way it alters 
the soil, water and air. The ecologist sees the whole as a network of 
energy and material continuously flowing into the community from the 
surrounding physical environment, and back out and then on round to 
create the perpetual ecosystem cycles on which our own existence depends."

E.O. Wilson from The Future of Life