The 6th Annual Habitat Restoration Day is here! The City, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, invites the community to join in on a community stewardship workday tomorrow, April 18th, 8:00am-12 noon. Bring family, friends, and neighbors to Firth Park (Glen Parkway & Sierra Pt.) and celebrate Earth Day together by removing invasive plants and helping restore the canyon's native habitat. Please remember to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them. Tools and training will be provided, as well as free snacks and t-shirts for volunteers (while supplies last). All ages and abilities welcome!
One of the items on this Monday's (4/20) City Council agenda is a revised proposed tree replanting on San Mateo Lane. At the Council's Feb. 2nd meeting, staff was directed to seek input from the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), as the originally-proposed replanting plan drew some concern from citizens in attendance. This plan suggested that the 16 formerly-removed Eucalyptus trees be replaced with five 15-gallon Coast Live Oak, five 15-gallon Gallon Scarlet Oak, and four 15-gallon Flowering Cherry. The public called for native trees such as buckeye to be considered, with Councilmembers advising staff to consult with those having expertise in the area. Staff followed that directive, consulting with the CNPS as well as a group of community members. It was determined through these meetings that the replanting plan would consist of an equal number of two native trees - seven 5-gallon Coast Live Oak (seen above) and 7 five-gallon California Buckeye (seen to the right). (The reason for the smaller trees is due to the trees being locally-sourced, as opposed to coming from a commercial nursery). CNPS recommended the trees be locally-sourced due to the replanting site being so close to the ones we have presently growing on San Bruno Mtn. Specifically, a Coast Live Oak from a commercial nursery may have a different genetic makeup from one found on San Bruno Mtn., potentially impacting the local population in a negative way. The City thanks those who participated in this revised replanting plan for their efforts in helping ensure a more native ecology is restored in town.