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Dry wetlands don’t dampen spirits

Posted: Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014

In addition to planting the young sprouts and saplings, the volunteers mulched the landscape Saturday at Harkins Slough with straw and wood chips to prevent invasive species from growing. (Photos by A.V. Eichenbaum/For the Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Eager volunteers of all ages gathered to restore Harkins Slough Saturday during World Wetlands Day, an event hosted by Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville.

A total of 1,300 plants native to the microsystem were put into restoring the riparian zone just above the slough.

This year marked the sixth annual World Wetlands Day in Watsonville, said city officials. The drought, however, made this year much more difficult.

“Typically, we wait for rainfall to begin planting,” said Jonathan Pilch, restoration director of Watsonville Wetlands Watch. “This year, we’ve needed to water our plants a lot more than we normally do. It’s a lot more work.”

For the complete article see the 02-04-2014 issue.

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