Dear Friends of the DFP,
Just wanted to thank those of you, Doug, Tom, Dennis, Cathy, David, Kathleen & Susi, who came out to remove ripgut brome, foxtails, cheese weed and wild radish from the restoration areas. With your help it sure looks a lot better for the natives without the serious competition from invasives.
Thank you to City Staff, also, for bringing bags and hauling the weeds away.
Have you seen the native giant rye grass in the 2008 area? It's so tall and very impressive. I was reading recently that native grasses in California were as high as a man on horseback, back in the day. You might see ladybugs on our plants when you visit next, and Kathleen and I wonder if there are more birds there now, needing the DFP after the fire.
I want to thank The Mesa Paper for putting a webpage for Friends of the DFP on the new "Our Mesa Neighborhood" website for us! That is fantastic. Here is the link.... http://ourmesaneighborhood.com/friendsOfDP.html
Again, many thanks to all of you who have planted, watered and weeded at the Preserve. You are really making a difference and are very much appreciated.
Lastly, here is the good news about native plant restoration because it:
- Provides food and shelter for birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.
- Allows propagation of native species through natural processes such as seed dispersal and pollination. Native plants and animals have co-evolved for millenia and habitat restoration allows this process to continue.
- Bridges gaps between protected conservation areas with newly created restoration sites. Larger, more connected native plant populations helps their ability to migrate in response to changes in climate and sea-level.
- Reduces water use and maintenance for public spaces as an alternative to landscaping with non-native plants.
- Builds community, caring and stewardship among restoration participants and provides colorful flowers and fragrant shrubs for visitors to enjoy in public nature preserves and open spaces.
Spread the word and..."Grow Native"