Seventeen Volunteers Leave Their Mark on Moore Creek

11 February 2007

Last week, everyone was saying “the rain will ruin the workday; nobody's going to show.” But, low and behold, the gods gave us a reprieve after three soaking days, the skies parted, and the volunteer energy flowed from all over the land! We had a tremendous crew of seventeen volunteers of all types to make for an immensely successful day of broom removal in Moore Creek.

Bertrand and new volunteer Ryan McCoy set the pace.
Bertrand and new volunteer Ryan McCoy
set the pace.

One half of the crew working the upper section of Moore Creek.
One half of the crew working
the upper section of Moore Creek.

So many volunteers it looked like a traffic jam!
So many volunteers it looked like a traffic jam!

This photo gives you a sense of how much material we had to remove.
This photo gives you a sense
of how much material we had to remove.

The crew found it most effective to pick a line and work together, up the hillside.
The crew found it most effective to pick a line
and work together, up the hillside.

Nothing could cap the day better than burritos from Tacos Morenos. Thanks Raytek!
Nothing could cap the day better than burritos
from Tacos Morenos. Thanks Raytek!

This was a perfect day for a large crew, as we were taking our second and third passes on sections of the preserve where once 10 foot tall broom was the norm. Now, four years into this, the broom is very small -- most of it a foot tall -- but there is lots, and lots, and lots of it -- or I should day there was lots, and lots. As you can see from the photos, the crew worked side by side to completely remove every single growth.

By the way, the large crew, plus all the rain earlier in the week, made for an incredibly productive workday -- we easily completed what would have previously taken three days to accomplish

This was a special day in many ways. For one, Raytek Corporation, an local high tech company, sponsored the workday with volunteers and lunch for the entire crew (from Tacos Morenos, no less, something heavenly never before seen in these parts). And, our good friends from the Land Trust -- who are helping to sponsor our current volunteer contest -- were also in attendance. Lastly, we had Mark Davidson, the President of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz on the team -- proving once again that people of all sorts of interest can come together to work on the trail.

The crew consisted of seventeen great volunteers both old and new: regulars Don Aurthur, John Bono, Dan Chen, Val Cole, Mark Davidson, Harvey Hartmann, Monica Ratliff and Christina and Bertrand Teplitxky were all there. The last three of these folks are all in a tight race to win our volunteer contest. We were also joined by new volunteers Silke Koltermann, Medwin Schreher, Harold Schultz, and Derek Williams from RayTek Corporation, and Terry Corwin, Julie Anne Hopkins, and Jeff Hemmert from the Land Trust. And finally Ryan McCoy who just moved to Santa Cruz. What a great team!!

Come join us for our last day of the season on March 4th. We really DO make a difference!