Happy Shiny Start in Moore Creek

11 January 2009

Sunday January 11th was a perfect day for just about anything in Santa Cruz -- 70 and sunny, with the ocean covered in golden sparkles. For six volunteers in Moore Creek, it was the perfect way to start out 2009 giving service to our local parks.

Don Authur, Terry and Val Cole, Mark and Zach Dammann, and Chris Ratliff made their way to the base of Moore Creek Preserve bright and early to work on two sections of pesky French Broom. The crew focused on an area along the fence, a few hundred yards from the Highway 1 Entrance, where we'd initially worked two years ago. The good news -- the broom was smaller in size and plants fewer in number. The bad news -- there was still a LOT of it, and the dry soil made removal more than a days work.

The crew gets down to business removing the small stuff, kibitzing along the way.
The crew gets down to business removing
the small stuff, kibitzing along the way.

Terry wonders, "How long until the burritos come?"
Terry wonders,
"How long until the burritos come?"

A great crew, finished and satisfied!
A great crew, finished and satisfied!

Thankfully, we aren't the only ones working along the lower portion of the preserve. Caltrans and the City of Santa Cruz have cleared all the broom on the other side of the perimeter fence, which has both reduced the spread of broom, and cut down on the homeless camping its cover enabled.

The team celebrated afterwards with a trip to Taqueria Santa Cruz -- courtesy of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. All in all it was a fun day. Come join us in February, we really DO make a difference!