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It Takes a Village to Restore a Native Habitat

Posted by CM Support
Sep 20, 2013 | Keywords: california poppies  conservation  native habitat  

Rex Geitner had always had a terrific relationship with our local resource conservation folks. One of the projects he worked with them on was to establish a native vegetation in a 2,100-foot strip along one side of the property – this was in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Resource Conservation District of San Mateo County This partnership has continued to add helpful consultation as well as help defray some of the cost  for the project.

We are doing the planting by hand, not using any heavy or light equipment, strategically placing some 470 plants and installing deer fencing and   reduced deficit irrigation.

The goal is to create a "coastal shrub" or “soft chaparral" type of ecosystem. Trees that we are planting include the Sticky Monkey Flower, Silver and Yellow Bush Lupines, Chaparral Currant, Pink-Flowering Currant, and Black Sage. The smaller plants include the Foothill Penstemon, Wavy Soaproot, Douglas Iris, California Scorpionweed, Hummingbird Sage, and Pine Bee Flower. Grasses include California Fescue, Idaho Fescue, and Blue Rush.

This selection of indigenous vegetation will delight the insects, birds, reptiles and mammals that inhabit and enhance our little part of the magnificent Santa Cruz Mountains!