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 email@example.com
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