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Volunteer Projects Funded By USEPA And REI Improve Habitat At Border Field State Park

By: Imperial Beach News

Source: www.imperialbeachnewsca.com

Visitors to the newly-remodeled picnic facilities at Monument Mesa in Border Field State Park will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tijuana Estuary and Pacific Ocean, and the scent of thousands of native plants installed by volunteers. San Diego’s local REI stores began funding volunteer habitat projects on Monument Mesa more than five years ago. Volunteer efforts to improve the Tijuana River Watershed grew stronger when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to fund more than 12 acres of volunteer habitat enhancement over the last three years.

“We enjoy that our work is varied: potting, planting, harvesting seed, taking cuttings, and weed eradication (of course),” said long-term volunteer Barbara Crawford about her involvement at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) with her husband Mike. “There have been times we’ve been involved in special projects such as seed germination studies, transect sampling, and working with endangered plant species. We have learned a great deal about the environment and ongoing trans-border ecological concerns at the Tijuana River Estuary; it’s never dull. Working here offers a unique volunteer experience in that one is performing such a valuable service. The work is interesting and we appreciate being part of a team that is dedicated to restoring and preserving our scant and precious remaining estuarine habitat.”

Crawford is part of a team of dedicated volunteers who meet every Wednesday afternoon at Border Field State Park. She has been trained as a Restoration Guide to provide education and leadership at TRNERR’s one-day volunteer projects. TRNERR has more than 75 long-term volunteer and hosts more than 1,000 one-day event volunteers each year.



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