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This weekend, the Laguna Keepers will be continuing the expansion of the riparian forest in Meadowlark Field at the City of Sebastopol’s Laguna de Santa Rosa Preserve. Stakes and irrigation infrastructure were installed over the last couple of weeks on this huge field, where volunteers will also establish oak savanna habitat on the drier east side.

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District provided a $203,643 grant from the  to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation for the restoration effort under their Matching Grant Program. The resolution approved by the SCAPOSD Board states that “The project will enhance existing native plant populations and supplement those populations with additional native plants and trees. The project specifically consists of planting at least 3,000 native plants over 28 acres, installing drip irrigation for these plantings, and monitoring the plantings for three years to ensure a minimum 70 percent survival rate.”

About the Laguna Keepers:

Laguna Keepers are the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation‘s habitat restoration volunteers. Each month, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, we meet to give the Laguna a little hands-on love! This can mean fence removal, willow sprigging, weed control, or planting, depending on the site and the time of year.

Keepers meet at locations throughout the Laguna, but workdays are always on a Saturday, 9am – noon. Be sure to wear shoes & clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and friend! For more information contact John Guardino at 527.9277 x108 or email:john@lagunafoundation.org

See the 2011/2012 Schedule for additional information.