Santa Cruz County Parks Department Welcomes AmeriCorps
The Valley Women’s Club, San Lorenzo Valley Native Habitat Restoration Program, and Santa Cruz County Parks are pleased to announce the return for the 5th year of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). The team will engage in the ongoing effort to restore native habitat throughout the San Lorenzo Valley Watershed by creating demonstration gardens, assisting with improving County Parks infrastructure and removing invasive, non-native plants such as ivy, vinca and blackberry. This year the team will expand their efforts of restoring native habitat and improving infrastructure to South County project sites. They will be in the county February through April 2020.
Meet the AmeriCorps Team
Scott Creek Beach
- AmeriCorp team members worked along side Tai Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Scott Creek Beach. Together they to removed sand from the viewing platform, installed wood panels along the bottom of the platform and to removed over 200 lbs of invasive ice plant.
- Removed many invasive plants from in and around the Nature Trail.
- Spread chips around the playground area.
Quail Hollow Ranch
- Tuesdays 2-4 team members will work with our Volunteer Trail Crew on trail maintenance and to build a split rail fence along the far end of the Discovery Loop. Friends of Quail Hollow donated $671 for the cost of the materials.
- Thursday 3 team members will join Program Specialist, Dan Lazarus to work on building a school science curriculum for students about Butterfly Pollinator Gardens.
LEO's Haven at Chanticleer County Park
- 6 team members helped to set up and break down for the Grand Opening of Chanitcleer County Park
Bert Scott Estate
- Pruned, cleared, weed whipped, removed a falling down arbor, power washed, re-built a falling down fence and planter box along the driveway; removed invasice French Broom, and repaired a brick garden border.
- Started building a slit rail fance along Merk Road.
Ben Lomond Park
- The teams pruned back ivy along the fence line, cleared, chipped over 12 yards of green waste they has accumulated.
Hidden Beach Park & Beach Access
- Removed ivy, pruned blackberry bushes and pampas grass.