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LoCo: Skyline Gardens
October 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Cal Rotaract is teaming up with Berkeley Rotary to kick off a multi-year project that focuses on botany education and restoration of Skyline Gardens. Please dress accordingly for the event as we will be hiking and gardening – long pants and long sleeve shirts, good hiking/work shoes, hats and sunscreen, and gloves if you have them.
* Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided!
Please meet on Sproul at the Telegraph and Bancroft intersection at **9:00AM**! Berkeley Rotarian drivers will transport volunteers from the garden to campus by 1:00-1:30pm.
The Berkeley-Oakland hills area is one of the most botanically rich areas of its size in California, with over 230 native plants identified to date. The project involves removing the non native exotic plants and restoring this area to its natural state.
So far, 232 native species have been identified in the mile-and-a-half corridor, making it a great place to botanize, learn, and observe – not only species, but also intact plant communities.
Invasive plants such as thistles, hemlock, Euphorbia and weedy grasses are also eagerly trying to establish themselves with these new plant species. Thus, our restoration work involves removing invasives before they go to seed, and letting the natives gradually reoccupy liberated space through natural increase.
For the first hour, we will botanize and observe, learning together about the species history of Skyline Gardens with project leader and naturalist, Glen Schneider.
Then we will follow with restoration/weeding for two hours, having gained a clearer view of who we are protecting. This is a new multi-year project, so Berkeley Rotary and Cal Rotaract will be co-creating this approach together.