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2014 Backyard Collective

dweber posted this April 7th, 2014

A few of the day’s tools.

One morning every Spring we close the office to participate in an amazing event sponsored by our friends at The Conservation Alliance called the Backyard Collective. This year they teamed up with Channel Islands Restoration to organize a day of removing invasive plants and planting natives in the San Marcos Foothills.

After a great pep-talk, we’re off to work!

It’s always a gratifying to work side-by-side for a good cause with companies like Deckers, Patagonia and REI, and this year was no exception!

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Horny Toad guys getting briefed by the Channel Island Restoration crew on invasive plants and the importance of restoring the San Marcos Preserve’s native species.

Two years ago, we did restoration work in the same area.

Sunny and his team spent the day trimming seedpods off of invasive castor bean plants, keeping them from squelching native plant species.

It was satisfying to return to the site and see that native plants are regaining their foothold and balance is being restored to the section where we worked in 2012.

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Paige breaking up weeds like a champ.

We know how lucky we are to live in Santa Barbara. Getting our hands dirty and giving back to this landscape in a conservation project is one of the best ways we can think of start the day — and we’re always stoked for the yummy post-BYC lunch that follows a morning of pulling, digging and planting.

Toads enjoying a delicious lunch courtesy of Goodland Kitchen and Telegraph Brewing.

Be sure to check out the great things the Conservation Alliance is doing nation-wide and learn more about the amazing regional work Channel Islands Restoration is doing too!

One Response to “2014 Backyard Collective”

  1. Every community should follow along in your footsteps. Great job everybody and thank you!

    by Elizabeth Brito | April 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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