Protecting Trees, Our First Plein Air Painting Hike, and Building a Bridge at Mangini!

Stewardship Update

Written by Haley Sutton, Land Stewardship Associate

Athenian School trail builders. Photo by Haley Sutton

Trees, Trees, Trees

We had a lot of volunteer hands at work this month!

First, campers with the Athenian School joined us at Big Bend to build a sheet-mulched footpath from the bridge crossing to the house on-site. They showed a lot of teamwork moving the mulch around and spreading it over the burlap bags.

A different Athenian camp group helped us water and protect more trees at Curry Canyon Ranch.

AssetMark tree protectors. Photo by Roxana Lucero

Marsh Creek 6 watering crew and Temple Isaiah tree protectors. Photo by Haley Sutton

Then, campers from Temple Isaiah kept the tree protection momentum going to help us finish watering the area that Athenian started the day before.

Volunteers with AssetMark joined us at Curry Canyon to close out our busy month, contributing to more tree protecting and watering efforts, and were joined by a friendly California sister butterfly.

Temple Isaiah tree protectors. Photo by Haley Sutton

Our watering crew tackled Ang and Big Bend, while DiRT volunteers watered and mulched plantings at Marsh Creek 4 and 6, and watered and protected trees at Curry Canyon Ranch.

There are many happy plants and trees across those properties thanks to all our volunteers!

Marsh Creek 4 watering crew. Photo by Haley Sutton

This month, volunteers protected 271 trees, putting our total native trees and plants that have been planted and protected to date at 1,614!

As we continue to increase our tree and plant tally, it is important to continue nurturing those that have already been protected to help them grow to maturity.

We could use all the help we can get! We’ll continue regular watering until we get some rain, and then we will transition to other habitat restoration activities.

Athenian School tree protectors. Photo by Haley Sutton

Mangini Ranch Bridge Crossing

Staff building Mangini footbridge. Photo by Haley Sutton

Staff constructed a footbridge at Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve. The crossing is to protect an ephemeral stream and endangered species habitat between Ginochio Road and Coralwood Gate.

Because we were working in a creek bed, we obtained a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to complete the project.

The reclaimed redwood used for the bridge is the same as the trail signage throughout the preserve. The bridge offers a safe crossing for those entering the preserve from the Coralwood Drive entrance.

Property Stewards in the Field

Our stewards observed a number of wildlife species this month. A bobcat was observed at Marsh Creek 5; an egret and a great blue heron at Big Bend; and coyotes, deer, and boar at Viera–North Peak.

An Anderson Ranch steward observed many butterflies including a duskywing, checkered white, skipper, buckeye, ringlet, and western tiger swallowtail.

California milkweed sprouting at the Watershed Nursery. We’ll be planting them in a few months to support monarch butterflies. Photo by Haley Sutton

Education and Outreach Update

Written by Denise Castro, Education & Outreach Associate

the new docents taking a hike through the preserve

Mangini Ranch docent training. Photo by Ted Clement

Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve

Thank you to everyone who participated in one of the docent trainings! We now have 26 amazing volunteer docents who can help provide groups with access to Mangini Ranch.

Ready to reserve? There’s plenty of space! Fill out our reservation request form on the Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve web page.

Mangini Ranch docent training. Photo by Denise Castro

Discover Diablo Program

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August 6th Mangini Ranch Meditation Hike: led by Discover Diablo volunteers Jim and Sharon Lawrence and attended by 16 participants. It was a beautiful, clear, cool morning for some important grounding exercises. Great way to start the day!

Photo by Denise Castro

August 13th Wright Canyon Plein Air Painting Hike: led by Save Mount Diablo volunteers Shirley Nootbaar and Greg Piatt. This was Save Mount Diablo’s first free, public plein air painting event, and it was a huge success!

We hiked up to the top of Wright Canyon to paint the rolling hills and Mount Diablo itself for an hour and a half. Save Mount Diablo provided paper and painting materials to anyone who wanted some.

Participants created absolutely gorgeous pieces of artwork.

Plein air painting. Photo by Denise Castro

Thank you to all our Discover Diablo volunteers!

Top photo: Marsh Creek 6 watering crew by Haley Sutton

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