Volunteers Needed to Help Plant 16,000 Native Plants in North Concord – BBQ Lunch Provided

December 4, 2013 14:09 pm · 4 comments


Volunteers are needed THIS SATURDAY DECEMBER 7th to help plant 16,000 plugs of native plants that provide erosion control, fire suppression and are compatible with flood control goals in North Concord.

The Contra Costa County Flood Control & Water Conservation District says they will provide a BBQ lunch to those who donate a few hours of their time on Saturday morning.

Currently, they have about 24 openings for volunteers.

Below are the details:

WHO: Contra Costa Flood Control District & the Restoration Trust

WHAT: Community effort to plant 16,000 plants in four hours

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013 9:00 am

WHERE: Clayton Valley Drain, Solano Way, South of Marsh Drive in Concord

Background: Dozens of community volunteers are being recruited to take part in a unique experiment to test whether native grasses can successfully replace the more harmful plants now dominating many area flood control channels and stream banks. The goal is to plant 16,000 plugs of native plants that provide erosion control, fire suppression and are compatible with flood control goals. They also help reduce the carbon footprint more efficiently than the exotic grasses that have taken over in some areas.

The Flood Control District’s plan calls for a variety of different plants to be used to determine what will have the best result for restoring native creek systems as well as meeting flood control needs.

Volunteers will be given all the tools and training needed, and will be served lunch after the four hour planting blitz. For all the details and to sign up yourself or your organization, contact Elissa Robinson at erobi@pw.cccounty.us 925-313-2312, or visit the PROJECT WEBSITE.

Help give those native plants a chance!


1 Courtney December 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Not to be a Debbie-Downer, but they’re only allowing 24 volunteers to plant a whopping 16,000 plants in a mere 4 hours. How about allowing as many volunteers as want to participate?

2 Anon December 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

@Courtney, they probably don’t want to provide more food for more volunteers.

3 CLAYCORD.com December 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

They actually have a lot of volunteers already, but only 24 spots are still open.

4 Jaz December 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

@Courtney, There were WAY more than only 24 Volunteers. Should have just showed up! A lot of people did. It was fun!

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