Globally and nationwide, pollinator species are facing an alarming decline in population, and an estimated 40% are facing extinction. This risk to our pollinators poses a significant risk to ecosystems, food production, and economy.
In 2016 The Watershed Center began a five year project to support the re-establishment of pollinator species through local habitat creation and enhancement. Using the reintroduction of native Nectar and Milk Weed flora in areas within the Hayfork Valley that have been detrimentally impacted by a long history of resource extraction and development, this project will improve habitat for at least 15 key pollinator species at three different sites totaling 15 acres of pollinator habitat improvement.
This project will be implemented through a series of plantings designed to help address a significant environmental issue while providing valuable hands opportunities for community education and engagement. Local youth and community members will play a vital role in the execution of this project through volunteer and education days that provide opportunities for hands on educational experiences while beautifying our outdoor spaces and raising awareness about a vital issue.
Our botanical management program utilizes science, collaborative partnerships, and volunteer work to implement on the ground restoration efforts and develop landscape scale management. We address priority work throughout the South Fork Trinity River Watershed to support restoration and forest health, including pollinator support, noxious weeds management, and native plant monitoring projects. Current program efforts include pollinator support, native plants, and noxious weed management.