2016 Project Recaps

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, over 2,000 volunteers gathered in 27 state parks across California. Together, they planted 1,239 native plants and 69 native trees, removed 2,056 cubic yards of non-native vegetation and 365 bags of trash (plus numerous tires and a hot water heater), collected 40 bags of recycling, and did dozens of improvement projects like landscaping, painting, building and repairing. See what happened at each park below.

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Angel Island State Park

Grant provided by PG&E and Oracle

Volunteers: 88
Projects: Trail work, dock improvements, erosion control and weed abatement, removed 40 bags of non-native vegetation.


Auburn State Recreation Area

Grant provided by PG&E and Subway

Volunteers:153
Projects: Enhanced community garden at headquarters, installed new maps, removed graffiti, installed new sign posts, planted 22 native plants including California buckwheat, ginger, pipevine, milkweed, mahonia, redberry, skunkbush, fuchsias, sunflowers, melica, sage, mallow and penstemons removed weeds, and collected 75 bags of trash plus appliances, tires, car parts and a hot water heater.


Benicia State Recreation Area

Volunteers: 113
Projects: Planted 76 native trees, shrubs, and perennials in Coastal Sage Scrub and Chaparral areas, mulched new plants, remove 50 cubic yards of non-native plants in garden area and along pathways, repaired split rail fence bordering the garden, hauled weed/tree prunings to 40-cubic yard recycling bins.


Bolsa Chica State Beach

Grant provided by Southern California Gas Company

Volunteers: 83
Projects: Campfire Center rehabilitation, lifeguard Headquarters native plant garden maintenance (cleared 1,833 cubic yards of weeds, plant native plants, installed rain barrels), overall park beautification (removed ice plant, cleaned up debris, refurbished interpretive signs, removed graffiti, and collected 30 bags of trash).


Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Grant provided by PG&E and Subway

Volunteers: 100
Projects: Removed 5 cubic yards of non-native and outplanted native coastal prairie vegetation, mulched landscape, cleaned the beach, and collected 50 bags of trash.


Carpinteria State Beach

Grant provided by Edison International

Volunteers: 30
Projects: Removed 10 cubic yards of non-native plants and planted 6 native trees and 150 native plants in two recently-developed areas: east side of Carpinteria Creek and the dune area near recently-constructed boardwalk.


China Camp State Park

Volunteers: 32
Projects: Built 10 free-standing food storage lockers.


Chino Hills State Park

Grant provided by Edison International

Volunteers: 127
Projects: Built two new retaining walls to prevent erosion, campground maintenance, cleared 50 cubic yards of non-native vegetation, installed two trail signs, and sanded and sealed wood benches at amphitheater.


Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Volunteers: 34
Projects: Planted 20 historically accurate drought-resistant trees (Valley Oak), removed 2 cubic yards of non-native plants.


Crystal Cove State Park

Grant provided by Edison International

Volunteers: 182
Projects: Beautified the Historic District: painted entrance gates and white picket fence, removed 70 bags of weeds, planted 286 natives specified on landscape management plan plus 200 cactus, mulched and watered, cleaned up beach and collected 100 bags of trash.


Doheny State Beach

Volunteers: 100
Projects: Replanting and landscaping, install interpretive signage in Butterfly Garden, weed and trash removal.


Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Grant provided by PG&E, Oracle and Subway

Volunteers: 65
Projects: Removed dead and invasive plants, removed over 1,000 feet of irrigation line, installed over a 1,000 feet of weed barrier and 10 cubic yard of bark and 4-6” size rock in landscape materials.


Grover Hot Springs State Park

Volunteers: 66
Projects: Continued maintenance and development of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden; restored 5 acres of meadow, removed 9.5 cubic yards of non-native plants, spread 2 cups of native seed.


Half Moon Bay State Beach

Grant provided by PG&E, Oracle and Subway

Volunteers: 200
Projects: Habitat restoration: remove non-natives and plant natives, native plant landscaping: remove weeds and enhance landscaping around parking lot and group campsite, construct animal-proof trash enclosures.


Jack London State Historic Park

Volunteers: 16
Projects: Stabilization of the historic orchard, removed 7 cubic yards of non-native plants from select areas of the park.


Lighthouse Field State Beach

Grant provided by PG&E

Volunteers: 68
Projects: Weeded existing plantings, removed 6 cubic yards of non-native plants from ½ acre northern coastal scrub and prairie that serves as monarch butterfly overwintering site, spread mulch, installed symbolic fencing.


Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Grant provided by PG&E

Volunteers: 85
Projects: Collected 50 bags of litter in day use areas and along south shoreline of Millerton Lake, installed 200+ feet of split rail fencing at Grange Grove Group Picnic Area, and planted 40 native oak trees in Grange Grove and La Playa Day Use Areas.


Montaña de Oro State Park

Grant provided by PG&E

Volunteers: 86
Projects: Cleared 40 cubic yards of weeds and dead vegetation from the native demonstration garden, painted two work sheds, planted 395 native plants in campground, and removed 150 feet of old peeler core fencing.


Mt. Diablo State Park

Grant provided by PG&E and Oracle

Volunteers: 80
Projects: Installed 78 bollards in parking area to improve safety, trimmed vegetation and removed litter from 34 campsites, painted two restrooms.


Picacho State Recreation Area

Volunteers: 19
Projects: Removed 30 cubic yards of non-native vegetation at the Upper Dock, trimmed native vegetation, cleaned up Day Use area, removed unsafe park bench and fire rings, made safety improvements at Lower Dock lagoon, and collected 10 bags of recyclables.


San Buenaventura State Beach

Grant provided by Southern California Gas Company

Volunteers: 51
Projects: Beach cleanup. Removed 10 cubic yards of non-native vegetation, planted 50 native plants.


San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

Volunteers: 7
Projects: Rebuilt Basalt Campfire Center by replacing benches and painting, cleaned up 6.5 miles of shoreline on Medeiros and San Luis Creek, and collected 30 bags of trash and 4 bags of recyclables.


San Onofre State Beach - San Mateo Campground

Volunteers: 36
Projects: General maintenance and cleanup of campground and trails, sign replacement, weeding, painting, graffiti/sticker removal, planted 60 native plants and removed 4 cubic yards of non-native plants, collected 16 bags of trash and 5 bags of recyclables.


Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Volunteers: 41
Projects: Installed new picnic bench, cleared trails and installed trail markers, hand-graded new trailhead and restored old trail entrance, installed interpretive kiosk at trailhead, and collected 6 bags of trash and 2 bags of recycling.


Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Volunteers: 50
Projects: Historic apple orchard improvements: planted 3 new trees, repaired fence, installed new drip irrigation, and cleared drainage along Miller Canyon trail.


Sinkyone Wilderness State Park - Usal Beach and Campground

Volunteers: 33
Projects: Improve campsite facility, cleared invasive English ivy from more than 170 alders and redwoods, repaired and improved restrooms, cleared 1 mile of storm-damaged trail vegetation, and collected 20 bags of trash and 10 bags of recyclables.


Sonoma Coast State Park

Volunteers: 80
Projects: Pomo Canyon Campground renovations: leveled bridge pathway, added split rail barrier and repaired split rail on both sides of campground bridge, replaced sign posts, cleared overgrowth around fire pit and picnic tables. North Jenner Beach cleanup: removed 5 tires, wood debris, and bags of microtrash.


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