We are starting our third year of restoration work at the Chabot Space and Science Center to help save the endangered pallid manzanita (Arctostaphylos pallida) from becoming extinct. In 1995 there were 21 pallid manzanitas at this site and today only one of the original pallid manzanitas is still alive. Friends of Sausal Creek and the East Bay California Native Plant Society chapter are coordinating restoration work with the Chabot Space and Science Center to bring the population back to 21 pallid manzanitas.
Workdays are 9 a.m. to 12 noon the second Saturday of the month. We are asking volunteers to commit to six workdays over the next year. Each work day will begin with an educational unit before we start the habitat restoration work.
Topics covered will include the pallid manzanita life cycle, the conditions where it grows, and threats to its survival. You will learn about the native plant community at the site and gain plant identification skills, including identifying the invasives to remove around pallid manzanita seedlings. Also covered will be habitat restoration techniques, monitoring protocols, and germination experiment design.
Please RSVP to Jill Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 853-3533. The first meeting will be on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. at 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland.