Marin Academy High School Students Alex Paff and Katie Joyce volunteered with the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), and became passionate about the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which aims to plant 10,000 redwoods in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help fight climate change. Together the two dedicated volunteers were able to raise a total of $1,600, as well as valuable supplies, like shade cloth, to help grow redwood trees.
Alex Paff and Katie Joyce are both Seniors at Marin Academy who were introduced to SPAWN through their high school biology teacher Liz Gottlieb. This summer, they volunteered with SPAWN and became passionate about the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which aims to plant 10,000 redwoods in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help fight climate change.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Turtle Island has previously earned this top distinction.
SPAWN’s habitat restoration crew and native plant nursery staff have spent the last few months collecting plant seeds from diverse habitats throughout the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. These seeds are collected for use in our habitat restoration projects, and are from areas where we have permission and permits. Native seeds and plants play a critical role in restoring watershed lands by providing wildlife habitat, reducing the spread of invasive plants, and stabilizing slopes that could be prone to erosion.
Audrey Fusco has followed her passion for land stewardship and gardening around the globe. Whether researching urban gardens used to grow food, called organiponicos, in Cuba, helping to restore beaches in Florida, or restoring Redwood Creek watershed to protect coho salmon habitat at at Green Gulch Farms, Audrey stays true to her core belief to live a simple life in alignment with nature. Now, SPAWN is excited to welcome Audrey to our team as our Native Plant Nursery Manager.
Marin High School Student and Eagle Scout Liam Birmingham learned about our 10,000 Redwoods Project, and decided to devote his time to assisting Turtle Island achieve this goal.
Creekside corridors are naturally vegetated lands along rivers and streams. When appropriately sized, these areas can reduce flooding, limit property loss from stream bank erosion, filter and settle out pollutants, and protect aquatic and terrestrial habitat.