Think locally - act locally
Community Renewal & Restoration Project
by Julaine Chattaway
ave the world by starting here in San Diego. Come join
hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers in cleaning up and restoring three local
areas in San Diego: Mission Trails Regional Park, Sweetwater Wildlife Refuge
in Chula Vista and Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. Debris and non-native plant
species will be removed and the areas will be replanted with native plants.
By restoring these areas, we will be tackling some of
the biggest problems caused by non-native plants and animal species that
have established themselves in different environments than those in which
they have evolved. Because their natural enemies don't exist in these adopted
environments, non-native species often proliferate so successfully that
they crowd out naturally occurring native species. Most insects, birds and
other animals have adopted just a few plant species for food, shelter and
nesting. A loss of preferred species can result in endangerment, extinction
or possibly the collapse of the whole ecosystem.
All school ecology clubs, community and civic groups, businesses and environmental
organizations in the San Diego area are invited to participate. All projects
are free and open to the public. Participants get a free T-shirt from 91X
radio station, refreshments from Palomar Mountain Spring Water and Pepsi,
and a coupon from Ben & Jerry's.
- Restoration of trails on public lands will facilitate public access
- The water quality data gathered will be entered in the county-wide
Surfrider or San Diego Water Authority data banks; and
- The removal of invasive, non-native species in rural areas will create
healthy habitats for many endangered species.
If you wish to volunteer or just want more information
, please contact Julaine Chattaway, Project Coordinator at (619) 272-7370.
Together we can make a difference.
1995 Restoration Project Sites
Mission Trails (College Area)
Help restore the largest urban open space park in the United
Saturday November 4, 1995 9am - 3pm
Requires the removal of non-native plant species, water testing and light
Sweetwater River Wildlife Refuge (Chula Vista)
Preserve one of the finest undisturbed wetlands in San Diego.
Saturday November 11, 1995 9am - 3pm
Needs removal of non-native plants and debris, and water testing.
Help take back Mission Bay! Removal of non-native
Fiesta Island (Mission Bay)
Saturday December 2, 1995 9am - 3pm
plants, planting of natives and water testing.
Bring a Friend to a FREE Public Training Session:
Or, if your group is volunteering, we can come to you. Call us at 272-7370
- Thursday November 2nd 6:30 - 7:30 - La Jolla YMCA,8355 Cliffridge
Ave, La Jolla - Aerobics Rm.
- Tuesday November 7th 6:30 -7:30 - Chula Vista Library, 365 F St. -
- End of November, call for date, - Fiesta Island Aquatic Center