Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration is all about replanting a degraded site, using plant material collected from remnant natives on the site. Seed grown plants are the best for restoration, since they encompass the most genetic diversity. However, cutting grown plants or plant divisions are sometimes used when seed is not readily available or plants are needed quickly while waiting for other plants to grow from seed.

Jug Handle’s staff are knowledgeable and experienced with collection and restoration techniques.

We work closely with clients, like the City of Fort Bragg, to provide a variety of locally indigenous plants for restoration sites.

Jug Handle grown plants can be seen at Otis Johnson Park and the old Georgia Pacific Mill Site, now the Coastal Trail, both in Fort Bragg.  Jug Handle Nursery clients have included the City of Fort Bragg, Caltrans, California State Parks, CalFire and Mendocino Land Trust.

Restoration at Otis Johnson Park, City of Fort Bragg

Helene Chalfin, Education and Native Plant Nursery Director at Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center was thrilled to partner with students from the Fort Bragg Middle School to restore a lovely redwood forest park.

The 77 students were with the school’s MESA program (Mathematics, Engineers and Science Achievement), and learned about local ecosystems, native plants and restoration as they worked.

Funding came from the Salmon Restoration Association, and other partners were the City of Fort Bragg and Fort Bragg Unified School District.

Otis Johnson Park is a small jewel, offering a lush and ferny redwood forest habitat within the urban boundaries of Fort Bragg.  Since the park is close to the Fort Bragg Middle School and is within the Pudding Creek watershed, Helene regarded it an ideal place for an natural outdoor living laboratory.

The students labored to remove masses of spreading, clinging English ivy and other, invasive, non-native plants like Himalayan blackberry and crocosmia.  With the habitat snatchers cleared out, the MESA students were able to plant native woodland species.  These plants were grown at the Jug Handle native plant nursery from seeds and cuttings and divisions collected at Otis Johnson Park.

In the process they learned about the ways that local native plants and biodiversity provide food and shelter for wildlife and contribute to the ecosystem services enjoyed by humans.

The enthusiasm of the students grew as they spent more time outdoors, learning the names and ecosystem roles of the plants, and the lore of the forest.  They experienced firsthand how it feels to be stewards of the natural landscape.

Students Plant 100 Trees at Caspar Headlands

Restoration at Caspar HeadlandsFort Bragg Middle School students also planted 100 Trees at Caspar Headlands Park,in a joint project by Jug Handle Creek Farm, CA State Parks, the Caspar Community Group and the MESA Club.  The plants were grown at Jug Handle native plant nursery.

Fort Bragg Middle School MESA students also planted 100 Trees at Caspar Headlands Park, in a joint project by Jug Handle Creek Farm, CA State Parks and the Caspar Community Group.

Another project took place at State Parks Big River Estuary , where 150 Douglas Fir trees were installed.  This project involved Jug handle. MESA students, State Parks, Mendocino Land Trust and School of Natural Resources (SONAR) students from Mendocino High School. The plants for these projects were all grown at Jug Handle native plant nursery.

More than 33 Education /Restoration Projects along the coast from Gualala to north of Westport have been spearheaded by Jug Handle in partnership with many watershed stakeholders.

Click here for more information about Jug Handle’s local restoration work.