by Jaimie Baxter
We had a lovely past two months! September and October provided excellent weather to go along with our fun-filled events.
In September we had a small habitat restoration crew do big work at the Sky Oaks nursery, potting up native grasses. For our Annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & Trail Crew event, 44 volunteers came out to Phoenix Lake to finish the trail maintenance and bridge work we started on National Trails Day on the Gertrude Ord Trail. To celebrate their accomplishments, MMWD provided a BBQ lunch for all those who volunteered that day.
October’s habitat restoration day was also a success with at least 80 native plants planted by Lagunitas Creek. Also in October, Ms. Honda’s “Green Team” from Manor Elementary School helped MMWD collect and plant over 200 acorns. These oak trees will be planted next year for MMWD’s centennial celebration (more details to come later!). Mr. B’s fourth-grade class from Brookside School also joined MMWD this month for a victorious field trip involving the removal of French broom by Phoenix Lake, a water cycle game, a lesson on water conservation and an activity about the 7 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, refuse, rethink, repair).
We really could not have accomplished all this without the help of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Thank you to our volunteers for your hard work, and we hope to see all of you on watershed lands in November! In the meantime, check out some great photos we took at the events.
The MMWD Watershed Volunteer Program Team
including our four new AmeriCorps interns Mike Horwitz, Ben Scheilfer, Jessica Missaghian and Jaimie Baxter