San Joaquin's 1st Planting Event
Grace and Kaitlyn Sheppard help plant native oak saplings at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.
A huge success, River Partners' San Joaquin office hosted its first tree planting day on February 21, 2009. Using trees grown out from acorns by student volunteers at Patterson High School, we planted 325 valley oak saplings on the newly restored Arambel Unit at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. Hard-working volunteers included students from CSU Stanislaus, Modesto Junior College, and Patterson High School as well as members of the Northern San Joaquin chapter of the California Native Plant Society. After the planting, we walked down to the edge of the San Joaquin River where we talked about riparian habitat ecology and how River Partners' work contributes to the conservation of riparian habitats for people and wildlife.