by Suzanne Whelan
On Saturday folks from the Marin Mountain Bike Patrol, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and individual volunteers joined MMWD for a habitat restoration event at Hidden Meadow Trail and Shaver Grade on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. We had a large turnout of 42 enthusiastic people, pulled a solid amount of invasive French broom, and put 132 native plants in the ground (in hard-to-dig clay soil). Most folks were first-time volunteers on the watershed and everyone had a positive experience.
After the event we received a wonderful email from Miki Hidaka, a member of the Marin Mountain Bike Patrol, who wrote:
Thank you for arranging such a well organized, educational and invigorating event for us all!
During and after the event, I saw many smiling faces and heard many expressions of “That was fun!” and “It was so well organized!” . . . Thanks, too, for arranging such great weather!
It was a wonderful event for families, allowing parents to work side by side with their kids and providing many learning opportunities (in addition to the invasive effect of the French broom to indigenous plants and the importance of our mission), including distinguishing between poison ivy (winter hikers’ bane) and an innocuous honeysuckle vine. . .
The kids were particularly delighted after pulling up French broom and discovering a newt hiding beneath . . . while perhaps more squeals of delight were heard from adults who pulled up broom and discovered bulbous masses of mushrooms beneath, ensuing in in-depth discussions of species identification among this particularly fungus-loving crowd . . .
After the event, some of us enjoyed a post-trailwork cool down ride around the lakes and chocolate tasting along the banks of Bon Tempe Lake, while we meditated on the reflections of the verdant redwoods in the still lake water, glistening in the fall sunshine, marveling at how lucky we were to be able to enjoy these beautiful lands and trails . . .
Thank you for giving us and our kids a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the stewardship and protection of these precious lands which we all love and enjoy so much . . .
Tom Boss of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition was a main force behind organizing this opportunity and took many wonderful photos of the stewards in action that morning. (To see more of Tom’s photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.) Many of our volunteers traveled from as far as the East Bay and San Francisco to participate. We look forward to working with these groups and individuals again!
If you are a member of a group that would enjoy holding your own habitat restoration event on the watershed, please send me a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.