November 27, 2014

Oak Tree Planting at TCC, Jan. 25

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROSI DAGIT

Oak Tree Planting at TCC, Jan. 25

Volunteers with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) will collaborate with members of the Topanga Community Club (TCC) to plant oak trees at the Topanga Community Center to replace pines that were removed. From left are Jenna Krug, Crystal Garcia, Connie Najah, Rosi Dagit, Sr. Biologist with the RCDSMM,Mark Nygard, BonnieMorgan, Ryan Ulyate, president of the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council and Gabrielle Lamirand. The public is welcome to join them on Jan. 25 at the Community House.

Join the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) and the Watershed Stewards Project (WSP) on January 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to plant native oaks along the slopes of the Topanga Community Club driveway in support of the Topanga Community Club’s restoration efforts to replace non-native pines, that were previously removed by the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC).

The day will begin with an introduction to our watershed with a hands-on watershed model demonstration and oak planting techniques, then divide into crews composed of one adult and two children. Each crew will plant two Coastal Live Oak saplings, provided by our local County Foresters. There will be oak saplings to take home and plant as well.

WSP will provide some supplies to share, but please bring tools if you have them. Gloves, shovels, digging bars, a newspaper, and a couple of brown bags of oak leaf litter collected from under oak trees would help a lot. Please remember that you will be working with some heavy tools on loose, steep slopes, so wear long pants and close-toed shoes. If you have questions or want to sign up, R.S.V.P. to crystal.garcia@ccc.ca.gov by January 23.

Topanga Creek is a precious watershed that provides habitat to Southern California Steelhead Trout. This trout population is an incredible subspecies of Steelhead Trout that can spawn up to three times in their lives, can withstand water temperatures up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and can only be found in Southern California. Unfortunately, these trout are also highly endangered and need our help for their continued survival.

The WSP is a comprehensive, community-based watershed restoration and education program dedicated to conserving, restoring and enhancing California’s salmonoid watersheds for future generations. WSP is currently working to help restore the watersheds that provide homes for the Southern California Steelhead Trout, such as the Topanga Creek Watershed. WSP’s efforts rely heavily on the support of our local community. Thanks to funding support from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the watershed stewards are working in the Santa Monica Mountains, especially Topanga Creek this year.

To help restore and maintain Topanga Creek, the RCDSMM, the Topanga Community Club, the NTCFSC, the L.A. County Fire Department, Topanga Homeschool families and the WSP are working together. Even with the generous support of these organizations, the project needs the help of community volunteers. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 25. n