Botanical Management Program

Our botanical management program uses science, collaborative partnerships, and volunteer efforts to restore and monitor native plant populations, support pollinators, manage noxious weeds, and map endemic and rare species.

In 2016, The Watershed Center initiated a five-year project to support the re-establishment of pollinator species through botanical management. Globally, pollinator species are declining at an alarming rate. Without a healthy population of pollinators, ecosystem function, food production, and our economy are at risk. Reintroducing native nectar and milkweed plants to the Hayfork Valley will improve habitat for over a dozen key pollinator species. This initiative will focus on improving pollinator habitat on 15 acres at three different sites in the valley. Local youth and community members will play a vital role in the execution of this project through volunteer events and field trips.