On Saturday, December 6, community members joined the Contra Costa Flood Control and Water Conservation District and The Restoration Trust at the second annual Giving Natives a Chance planting event.
The hands-on restoration project restored habitat in the flood plain of a tributary of Walnut Creek that flows through Concord.
Led by a team of biologists, volunteers removed non-native plants and planted over 1,800 native sedges and rushes in the creek’s sensitive flood plain region. The habitat restored will provide habitat for many native plants, birds, and small mammals and will reduce flooding and fire hazards.
The Restoration Trust aims to use this project to showcase the benefits of re-establishing native plant communities along local streams and inspire similar projects in the region. Mike Carlson of the Contra Costa flood Control and Water Conservation District is eager to see the projects natural progression and hopes to utilize similar planting concepts in the future. “Biologists have been and will continue to monitor the natural progress of this restoration project in the coming months and years. As the native plants we planted grow and spread, this habitat will become a healthy and self-sustaining ecosystem that will provide excellent habitat for native plants and animals and will require little to no maintenance,” said Carlson.
Pittsburg High’s Club P.O.W.E.R. attended this event for the second year. Science teacher Achilleus Tiu said that he attended this year’s event because “It was fun last year and we wanted to see how they [last year’s plantings] were going…”
Boy Scout Troup 239 from Pleasanthill was also in attendance. Troop leader Steve Bachofer said, “The scouts initially looked at the site and questioned how the project could be completed. Yet within three hours, they looked around and were pleased to see all the new plants in the ground.”
The Contra Costa Flood Control and Water Conservation District and The Restoration Trust would like to thank all the volunteers for their enthusiasm and hard work. Due to their efforts, the creak habitat is well on its way to becoming a healthier and more stable ecosystem.
Boy Scout Troop 239 of Pleasanthill takes a break from planting and poses for a photo. From left to right: Slava Gospodchikov, Noa Nabeshima, T.J. Olson, Eric Tubbs, Tyler Frazier, Cynthia Tubbs, Cody Flitton, Jack Belgarde, Steve Bachofer, Dmitri Gospodchikov, Maksim Gospodchikov