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Habitat Restoration Education Starts Early in South Santa Clara Valley

Posted by on February 12, 2016 in ECI, News, Newsletter | 0 comments

ECI’s Jon Laslett, Ecologist and Senior Project Manager, and Michael Friedman, Marketing Director and Project Manager, participated in a restoration day organized by Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW). The restoration day was held along the upper reaches of the Pajaro River that winds its way through an easement property managed by The Nature Conservancy. It was a sunny day with students and teachers teaming up to plant native trees and shrubs who’s genetics are unique to Pajaro River Watershed.

 

 

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STRAW led the group in safety and planting protocols before letting them loose to the restoration day.
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Students team up with teachers and parents to perform planting along the flood banks. The young plants installed today will provide over a mile of shade and habitat for future fish and frogs.
students and teachers restoring a watersheds
Perfect weather for a picnic on the upper reaches of the Pajaro River.

STRAW is a program created and sustained by Point Blue Conservation Science. “STRAW’s science education emphasizes project based learning and offers an integrated learning experience for students to work together, connect to their local watershed, and be empowered by their actions.” – Point Blue