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Friends of Sutter’s Landing

Its that time of year, and not only is the weather heating up, but so are activities at Sutter’s Landing Park. Please join FOSL again this year and help us keep up the good work and many accomplishments we have achieved over the past 3 years. The Gateway Garden is in full bloom. The City of Sacramento is working on a mitigation project, and the Restoration team, led by Dan Meier, Tom Biglione, and Paul Barth is making extraordinary strides in bringing 3 acres of Parkway habitat back to life. There is lots to be proud of, but still a lot to be done.

Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m.
The California Conservation Corps has made major strides these past couple of weeks knocking down the weeds and raking them out of the 3.2 acre restoration site. The native plants that survived are visible and in need of tending.

We have two main tasks to accomplish that are not too difficult but very rewarding. First, we will continue raking up the weeds the CCC crew cut over the past two weeks. Bring a small tarp and a rake if you can. We will move the weeds to piles beside the bike trail to be picked up by the County. Second, and very important, is to clean up the weeds growing on and close to the native plants – its detail work that the Corps could not get to.

All hands on deck mean the native plants will have the best opportunity to continue growing, and the area will be ready for planting more natives in the Fall. Yea!

Sunday, May 19th at 8:00 a.m.
This marks the official kick-off of our regular summer weekend clean-ups at Sutter’s Landing. Despite the fact that the River is running high, and the beaches are reduced in size, families of all sizes and shapes are arriving in numbers, as well as others seeking a respite from the heat and hustle of city life. So many people cannot stop marveling at how much SLP has changed. Thanks to the constant tending year-round – special thanks to Robert Sewell – the River and Parkway is staying safe and clean. This is not possible without dedicated volunteers, City and County Maintenance, and Park Rangers.

I hope we can continue to build on the weekend tending team that over the past three years have diligently picked up trash, emptied trash cans, removed invasive weeds, and kept an eye out for developing problems. These weekly tending parties are an excellent opportunity for individuals and groups looking for ways to preserve and protect the American River and Parkway. Help us spread the word.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Its a good idea to wear long pants and long sleeves, and most certainly closed toe shoes when working. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. FOSL will make sure we have plenty of water and snacks on hand.

We are looking forward to seeing old friends again, and making new ones. See you soon.

Be well and safe.

Your Parkway Pal,

Betsy Weiland, Volunteer Coordinator
Friends of Sutter’s Landing

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