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sonoma land trust 07-10-2006 10:09 AM

7/22 Invasive Weed Workday and Hike
 
BAYLANDS INVASIVE WEED WORKPARTY AND HIKE
SATURDAY JULY 22ND, 9:30 ? 1:30
SEARS POINT RANCH, SAN PABLO BAY

Participate in California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week by joining Sonoma Land Trust?s invasive thistle removal workparty at the Sears Point Ranch in Southern Sonoma County near Hwy 37 & Lakeville Hwy Sat. July 22nd, 9:30 ? 1:30. Lunch will be provided, followed by an optional afternoon Baylands hike. For more information or to sign-up, please call 526-6930 x100 or email: volunteer@sonomalandtrust.org.

The 2,327-acre property along Hwy 37 was once proposed as a casino site and is now permanently protected with extensive wetland restoration plans underway. Since the late 1800s, the North Bay has seen a loss of 85% of its historic tidal marsh. As the largest wetland restoration effort in Sonoma County, the Sears Point project will restore approximately 1,350 acres of along San Pablo Bay. The restoration will provide extensive new habitat for endangered species, including the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, as well as migrating ducks and shorebirds.

California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (CIWAW) is an annual event that brings attention to the problems caused by invasive plants in California, and to the work of local groups that work to protect our natural areas and rangelands. Invasive plants displace native species, crowd out crops and rangeland forage, blanket waterways, trails, and scenic landscapes. Invasive ornamentals such as Scotch broom, pampasgrass, and eucalyptus increase fire fuel loads and plants like giant reed (Arundo donax) clog creeks throughout California, reducing their water-carrying capacity and increasing the risk of floods during winter storms. Nationally, invasive species are the second-greatest threat to endangered species, after habitat destruction.

About Sonoma Land Trust:
Since 1976 Sonoma Land Trust has been developing long-term land-protection strategies for the varied regions of the county, acquiring conservation easements and properties of special significance; managing preserves; working on land stewardship and restoration projects; and providing opportunities for hikes, environmental education and restoration activities. With more than 17,000 acres of valuable resource land under permanent protection, Sonoma Land Trust exists to ensure that the varied scenic, natural, agricultural and open landscapes of the region stay forever wild for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information, please go to: www.sonomalandtrust.org.


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