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Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: Restoration: How Can We Be A Part of the Restoration Process?

 
Volunteers from the community enjoy a beautiful November day planting along Lagunitas Creek.

Volunteers from the community enjoy a beautiful November day planting along Lagunitas Creek.

Updated September 2013
Just because most of the earthmoving is done doesn't mean that there still isn't work to be done. You can not only experience the restoration process, but be part of it by volunteering at some of our work days.

We will be helping to eliminate weeds from some of the revegetation areas planted over the last few years, remove invasive species from the newly developing or restored habitats, plant native plant species, and monitor changes in the Giacomini Ranch wetlands now that the levees have been removed.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
10:30 am to 2 pm
Join the effort to keep open water habitat in Tomasini Pond as we cut back invasive hybrid cattails. Cutting the stalks below winter’s water level will control the hybrid's expansion into shallow open water zones of the pond. This will allow growth and expansion of native plants and continued use of the pond by a diverse assemblage of bird, amphibian and mammalian wildlife.

Please RSVP to Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook by email. Equipment will be provided, but please bring water bottle and wear rubber boots or waders. Please contact Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook ahead of time if you need to borrow boots or waders.

Meet at the white Giacomini Barn overlooking the southeastern corner of the Giacomini Wetlands at 10:30 am. Park at the trailhead at the corner of 3rd and C Streets in Point Reyes Station and follow the short trail leading to the white barn.
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Stay tuned for other events scheduled to help celebrate the project's 5th anniversary in 2013!

Below are some of the Volunteer Events that were held in 2010 and 2012:

  • Control invasive cattails in the Giacomini Wetland --Saturday, September 29, 2012
    The public was invited to join the effort to keep open water habitat in Tomasini Pond as we cut back invasive hybrid cattails. Cutting the stalks below winter's water level will control the hybrid's expansion into shallow open water zones of the pond. This will allow growth and expansion of native plants and continued use of the pond by a diverse assemblage of bird, amphibian and mammalian wildlife.
  • Native Vegetation Planting Workday -- Saturday, November 13, 2010
    Participants helped create buffer habitat for rare and endangered wildlife.
  • 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and National Park Week Celebration -- Saturday, April 17, 2010
    What better way to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and National Park Week than to do your part to improve the earth! The public was invited to participate in the restoration process by helping to remove non-native, invasive plant species from along the banks of Lagunitas Creek that are potentially impacting some of the plantings installed there as part of restoration of the riparian habitat along this critically important creek.
 
Thanks to LSA Consultants and WRA for spending their weekend day with us!

Thanks to LSA Consultants and WRA for spending their weekend day with us!

We are also open to scheduling groups or organizations. Contact Lorraine Parsons, manager of the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project.

Also, for those interested, the park and PRNSA may be developing a docent-type stewardship program for those who would like to be more involved on a regular basis in improving the success of restoration efforts. Email us to let us know if you're interested.

 
Sierra Club members pulling weeds.

Also, a huge thanks to all those who came out and helped do weedings and transplantings in 2009 and 2010! Muchas gracias!

The Sierra Club spent one day of their "Service" Trip out with us helping to weed one of the revegetation areas from the 2007 Phase I Construction--the berm surrounding Tomasini Triangle Marsh. Even after a few hours, the difference between the weeded and unweeded areas was amazing!

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