Friday, July 22 9:00am-11:30am
Field of Dreams/Police Station Parking Lot
What are Invasive Plants?
Invasive species are, generally, non-native species that cause ecological harm to the biodiversity of an area. After human development, invasive species are the second greatest cause of habitat loss in the world. In addition to displacing native plants and animals, invasives can increase fire risk and harbor pests.
Thanks to the work of our volunteers across Montini and Overlook Trail, we’ve made huge strides in suppressing the spread of many of the common invasive plants on our park land. However, it takes a community to constantly be vigilant and aggressive in maintaining outbreaks of yellow and purple thistles, harding grass and the other non-natives that threaten the ecological health of our lands.
Come out on Friday, July 22nd and work alongside our restoration technicians to help keep our parks clean and free of the spread of invasive plants. Learn about native flora and the impacts of non-natives on our landscape and enjoy a nice day of hiking. We will be starting at the parking lot next to the police station and Field of Dreams off of 1st Street East.
Also in attendance will be Sonoma Ecology Center’s high school crew of summer Enviroleaders. These students have been working through their vacation months, becoming young stewards of the land and leaders of their community.
Volunteers should bring layered comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and a a water bottle. We will provide gloves and trash bags if needed. Efforts to use reusable items are guided by a desire to reduce the overall event footprint. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For any questions, please call Volunteer Manager, Tony Passantino at at 707-996-0712 x124 or email Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org.