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News - April 19, 2013

Poppy project seeks to restore hills to native full bloom

The green hills of the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve are not what they seem, ecologist says

by Audra Sorman

Standing in the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve parking lot, ecological restorationist Craig Dremann held up a California postcard, aligning its picturesque landscape with the hills before him. The postcard, a photograph of a stretch of hills along Interstate 5, showed land awash with splashes of vibrant orange and purple, the wild poppies and lupines native to California. When he lowered the postcard, he was faced with acres of non-native grass.

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Editorial Intern Audra Sorman can be emailed at asorman@paweekly.com.

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Posted by volunteers
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

If the biggest cost is the labor, can they use volunteers to do the work? Doesn't sound too complicated.


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Posted by Prospective volunteer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I just returned from a photo shoot in the backwoods of the Sierra Foothills. All there was to be seen were Calif poppies, lupine, mustard, popcorn flower, fiddle neck, and other native species.

I wold love to help restore the local open spaces to native plants.


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Posted by C Romano
a resident of Woodside
on Apr 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

This is a relevant project for our area, and well worth supporting. The project is backed up by years of experience and research by Mr. Dremann.


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Posted by Claire Elliott
a resident of Ventura
on Apr 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

For over a decade Acterra has involved thousands of volunteers to reduce invasive species and plant locally specific native plants at Arastradero. If you'd like to help please check out upcoming volunteer events at www.acterra.org


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