Mayor Dave Turner joined mayors all across America in issuing a proclamation declaring April 1, 2014 as a Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service. The proclamation was presented at Fort Bragg’s City Council meeting on March 24, 2014.
Helene Chalfin, Jug Handle Farm’s Director of Grants/Education and Site Enhancement Project and Loren Rex, Superintendent,State Parks Mendocino Sector, spoke at the meeting and thanked the Americorps NCCC team members and other Americorps groups who serve in the north coast area. The proclamation will be forwarded to Americorps’ NCCC office in Sacramento.
The pictures show the enormous effort this team is putting forth, including on broom and gorse removal, where they determinedly get the whole plants- roots and all, out of the ground–even if it means a tumble!
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center has been working with a brand new Americorps NCCC Team for Round 2 of team awards, for January 14 through March 20, 2014. The Team is Blue 7 and their Team leader is Abby Beckley.
Americorps NCCC Team Blue 7
Group members hail from all over America, from as far away as: Seneca, South Carolina; Fort Pierce, Florida; Lebanon, Maine; Bowie, Maryland; Orange County, New York; Columbus, Ohio and Rollinsford, New Hampshire, to as close as Portland or Brookings, Oregon and Garden Grove, California.
Blue 7 Team is helping Jug Handle on large landscaping tasks including strategies and implementation of water conservation on the land; installation of native plants at the Jug Handle Farm property as well as our resource enhancement project at Otis Johnson Park, Fort Bragg and improvements to the interlocking trails between Jug Handle Farm and Jug Handle State Reserve.
The team is undertaking large scale exotic plant removal at Jug Handle Farm, including gorse, broom, English Ivy and Himalayan blackberry and has completely cleared the south border area where No-Name Creek forms the boundary line with our gorse-infested neighbor’s property to the south. The team has also been helping with nursery reorganization and re-potting work at the native plant nursery. This involves making dirt mixes, sterilizing pots weeding and replanting.
Once again, 1/2 the team’s time is shared with local State Parks, who have been hosting them in Parks’ bunk cabins at Russian Gulch SP headquarters. For Parks the team is involved with trail work, exotics removal and several other tasks.
We are so lucky to have the Americorps NCCC support our education, restoration efforts at Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center and helping to beautify and maintain our local state Parks. We will be sorry to see the team leave for its next assignment.
See pamphlet for the team members’ names, ages and backgrounds. We are lucky to have them!