Lech Naumovich, Director of the Golden Hour Restoration Institute and valued advisor to Garber Park's several restoration sites, we were able to emphasize and explore the Park's watershed areas and to consider future conservation for this critical wildland feature. The closer we look at the water in Garber, the clearer its formative role becomes. But this third annual Creek to Bay Day event in Garber also allowed us to assess larger changes that may be in progress and also the rate and quality of success in our various restoration areas.
WITH A DIVERSE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS, which at one point included a cohort from Fire Station 7, we walked the Loop Trail in reverse, starting at "Fireplace Plaza" heading for the creekside restoration area where Measure DD improvements had been carried out. At creekside, we split up to pull invasives--poison hemlock, re-emerging Himalayan blackberries, Erhardta grass, Cape Ivy--and managed in about an hour to produce more than a dozen tall bags of weeds. On the expanded banks of the creek, to augment the Measure DD plantings in the creek itself, the Stewards hope to carry out a major restoration planting this winter and spring when the ground is wet and workable.
THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who helped make this such a fun Creek to Bay Day. And special thanks to Lech for leading the tour and opening our eyes.