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May 15, 2015

Adopt-a-Shoreline Leadership Program at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, CA Woodside-Atherton GC Peggie MacLeod

In October 2013, the Woodside-Atherton GC (WAGC) and Save The Bay began a P4P project to restore tidal marsh-upland transition zone habitat at the City of Palo Alto's Baylands Nature Preserve. It was originally envisioned as a two-year project with the ambitious goal of planting 2,500 seedlings, removing invasive weeds, grooming seedlings in the native plant nursery, and performing other maintenance tasks at the site on monthly work days from 9:30 to 12:30. California's severe drought has been a challenge, limiting the planting of young seedlings to the cooler months and emphasizing removal of invasives in May and June. In addition, WAGC members have helped in the native plant nursery sorting/culling/weeding containers, adding soil and fertilizer to plants, and trimming grasses. In April, half the team weeded and trimmed 800 yarrow seedlings inside the nursery while others filled eight tall bags with invasive mustard, thistle, and horehound that they had dug up with pickaxes. With the removal of invasives, the cover of native plants is steadily increasing and providing shelter, nesting sites, and food for wildlife. Save The Bay has recorded impressive results for this P4P project from October 2013 through April 2015: 288 volunteer hours; 1,730 seedlings planted; and 800 pounds of invasive weeds removed. WAGC and Save The Bay plan to continue their partnership into a third year and, in fact, do not foresee it ending! Together, WAGC and Save The Bay will work on adding interpretive signage for the public at the demonstration site.

Be sure to visit the Bay Visions to learn how our Partners For Plants program is integrated with five other Garden Club of America club's restoration projects taking place in the Bay area.

To keep up to date with what is happening at Save The Bay, please visit their blog at: Taking Ownership of Our Public Shorelines

Learn more about the Garden Club of America's national initiative: Partners For Plants

Plant Example in the Save the Bay Restoration: Blue-eyed Grass

Plant Varieties to be Used at the Partners For Plants Site

Invasive Plants to be Removed From the Partners For Plants Site

Partners For Plants Celebration Walk Video
July 2, 2015