19 Volunteers Deliver Awesome Moore Creek Finale

04 March 2007

Just three weeks ago we had a record crew of 17 volunteers in Moore Creek Preserve -- and thought it could not get better. But, for our final workday of the season, Trailworkers, The Land Trust, and the California Native Plant Society together upped the crew to 19. As a result, we had a VERY productive and fun workday.

Working the western slope of Moore Creek -- on our hands and knees.
Working the western slope of Moore Creek
-- on our hands and knees.

The other half of the crew working much bigger stuff on the eastern side of the canyon.
The other half of the crew
working much bigger stuff
on the eastern side of the canyon.

The fruits of our labor.
The fruits of our labor.

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While the work was fun, the picinic afterwards
w/a view of the bay could not be beat.

Regulars Don and Julie Anne savoring the Morenos and a job well done.
Regulars Don and Julie Anne
savoring the Morenos and a job well done.

The Gods prepared us for a productive session with 6 inches of rain over the past two weeks -- essentially a best case scenario for Broom removal. And the crew was ready to take full advantage of the conditions.

One group fanned out on the western side of Moore Creek Canyon to re-work a large section that we'd covered twice before. While Broom continues to return, it is encouraging to find it smaller in size and coverage with each succeeding season we work. The photos to the right show the crew on their hands and knees removing small plants.

The other group took care of an area we had long had our eyes on -- the private property bordering the eastern side of Moore Creek, which had huge 8-10 foot tall broom trees -- that have regularly re-seeded the heard of the canyon we have worked on for four years. See the photos.

With such a substantial crew we made good progress on both sides of the canyon, and still had time to haul the larger broom up the road where the Land Trust had conveniently hired a truck to take away the big stuff. We picked up a lot of trash along the way -- sadly, this area that borders the preserve has become a regular partying den for groups of revelers in the past couple years.

Right about the time we were all running out of juice from the work and hot weather, a group of neighborhood angels --- four kids who live nearby and their dad -- dropped in to provide us all with fresh squeezed lemonade. It was a nice dose of good community karma on top of all the great volunteer work.

After we finished the hauling, the crew moved up to the main meadow off Meder Street and celebrated the completion of another trailwork season in style with burritos and beverages from Tacos Morenos -- courtesy of our friends at the Land Trust.

The cast of characters for our finale was an excellent blend of new and regular volunteers. The crew included: Don Aurthur, John Behrens, Mike Block, John Bono, Linda Brodman, Val Cole, Terry Cole, Terry Corwin, Robert Field, Carol Glover, Julie, Anne Hopkins, Pat Kittle, Ellen Moilanen, Dillion Newbauer, Chris Ratliff, John Ratliff, Andy Werner, Derek Williams, Lynette Wing. We really DO make a difference!