Golden Hour Restoration Institute teamed up with Garber Park Stewards and many enthusiastic volunteers working to help push the vegetation of Harwood Creek (Claremont Canyon) towards a higher percent cover of native plants while reducing the impact of erosion and soil movement downstream. The creek side site is already right with some native over-story, but the understory vegetation, up until about a year ago, was covered in non-native Himalayan berry. But thanks to GPS volunteer efforts, the stream bank is being recolonized by natives while providing a great location for birds to access flowing water.
We concentrated our efforts on target weeds with special attention on invasives whose phenology (time of flowering and fruiting) dictated immediate action. A perfect example of timely stewardship is removing these pictured bull thistle plants while in flower. Ideally we would have pulled these even a week or two earlier (no purple in the flower heads) and we could have left them onsite – no bagging needed! The linked flyer gives some general thoughts on restoration that we addressed while on-site.
Golden Hour Executive Director Lech Naumovich will be briefly talking about the restoration work in Garber at the Claremont Canyon Conservancy’s annual meeting at the Claremont Hotel on November 4th. John Keeley, a world-renown fire expert will be the keynote speaker – come listen to his sermon on fire!