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Restoring California to its roots

on September 11, 2010

Environmental activists Jane and Tom Kelly, residents of Berkeley, have been removing invasive plants from Point Isabel Regional Shoreline since 2007.

At first, they planted in secret, because it took some time to get formal permission from the park district, which operates Point Isabel. But since 2007, the Kellys have been collaborating with the district.

Their group is now called “Greens at Work.”  Its goal, Jane says, is to put things back the way they once were along the shoreline. The Kellys and other volunteers remove non-native plants like pea, mustard, and radish. They plant a lot of bunchgrass, which helps prevent climate change.

The plant’s roots can grow to a depth of thirty feet, drawing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in their roots and the surrounding soil. They also plant buckeye (Aesculus californica) trees, once plentiful but now rare along the shoreline.

Greens at Work

For more information or to volunteer, contact Tom Kelly at


  1. Julie on September 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for good journal for reading us.
    You are awesome in USA and Korea, too!
    I always pray for you.
    I am really proud of you..

  2. jung on September 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    No wonder why the Kellys love the views and surrounding nature of the park. Hope their efforts will be paid off and successfully come to fruition.
    Thanks for the great news and keep up the good work!

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