Thank you to the work day volunteers of 2012!

The City of Arcata says thank you to the work day volunteers of 2012!
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2012
City Thanks 2012 Volunteer Work Day Partners and Volunteers for a Successful Year

Volunteers helped shape and care for Arcata’s natural landscape in 2012 and the City hopes this community spirit will continue in 2013. Arcata’s Environmental Services Department says over 260 volunteers racked up over 1,000 hours helping to restore wetlands by planting salt marsh vegetation at McDaniel Slough, pulling out invasive plants at the Arcata Marsh and along Janes Creek and planting trees along Gannon Slough and Sunset Creek. Volunteers also put in heavy labor improving Arcata Community Forest trails and clearing trash from Jolly Giant Creek, Shay Park and the Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

“Volunteers make all the difference when it comes to maintaining Arcata’s vast natural areas and open spaces,” says Natural Resources Maintenance Crew Leader Dennis Houghton. “It would take forever to do as much planting and clearing as the community helps with.”

The City thanks all the partner groups who helped organize volunteers in 2012: Arcata Elementary School, Arcata High School, Humboldt State University’s Service Learning Center and Natural Resources Club, the Friends of the Arcata Marsh, the Bigfoot Mountain Bike Club, United Way of the Wine Country in Humboldt County, the North Coast Environmental Center, Humboldt Fish Action Council (HFAC), the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the local equestrian community. The City also thanks HFAC’s Doug Kelly for grilling countless burgers for special volunteer events.

Getting muddy alongside City workers and partner organization members gives people a chance to learn the importance of restoring and maintaining open spaces. “This is a way for everyone to participate as natural resource stewards while having fun,” says Environmental Services Director Mark André. “We invite everybody to come work outside with us in 2013 and take care of Arcata’s natural areas.”

There is one more opportunity in 2012 to care for Arcata’s valuable land assets. Volunteers will remove invasive plants from a salt marsh restoration area in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary this Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This volunteer work day is sponsored by the City and the Friends of the Arcata Marsh.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the first parking lot on the left of South I Street after the Samoa Boulevard intersection. Participants will be provided with tools, beverages and snacks and are asked to wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes or boots. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org.

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