Redwood Regional Park Restoration Workday, Saturday, March 5, 2011. Prince Prairie Month Three!

Another beautiful day and great turnout, and people were really going for it!  This is only the third volunteer workday at Prince Prairie but already the change is very evident (see posts for January 1 and February 5!).

Further down the page are panning shots of the slope and the wave-front of broom removal, for direct before-and-after evidence of our progress, but of course it isn’t all just about plants…

Janet spotted this lively little denizen, which I have not keyed out but which, at first blush, I took to be a Pacific chorus frog (a.k.a. Pacific tree frog).  Astounding that something so small can make such a big noise!  And, how about that camouflage coloration?

Turnout was somewhere in the fifteen-person range, and all seemed to be having fun and were definitely working hard.  As usual there were any number who were late to break time refreshments and early back to pulling.

The above photos give a pretty good idea of what the species mix is at the lower, open edge of the encroaching brushfield, but the situation is slightly different under the trees.  It appears as though the wave of broom is still recent enough that the more mature plants, out in full sunlight, are mostly not yet giants, and the broom in the shade and leaf litter of the prairie’s (or here, technically, savannah I suppose) diminutive oaks are still generally small and young and easy to remove from the damp winter soil.

The photo on the left, below, is of broom pennants waving from a baccharis redoubt, while the view on the right is typical of what lies under the oaks.  It looks as though the effort here started just in time, as it is a vastly harder task when those little broom saplings grow up through the branches of the native trees and become heavily interwoven with poison oak.  That was the initial situation at the Wayside restoration site, and every foot up the slope was very hard-won. (As usual these photos are uploaded in high quality and show vastly more detail when you click on them!)

The more technical views of today’s work will be up soon, including panning shots of the slope from the same positions as before.  And more people pictures!

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