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Make a Difference Day at the San Joaquin River NWR

Bonnie Folkes and Alan Bernikoff volunteer at the Lara Unit of the San Joaquin River NWR for Make a Difference Day. Photo by River Partners staff.

On October 22, River Partners celebrated National Make a Difference Day by hosting more than 25 volunteers at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. River Partners is deeply appreciative that local residents and students from CSU Stanislaus spent three hours on a Saturday morning working at this community planting. The Make a Difference team installed 300 trees and shrubs over 3-5 acres on the Lara Unit of the Refuge.

Most of the oak trees planted were grown out by Modesto schools, including Davis High School, Enochs High School and Enslen Elementary School. In the future, River Partners hopes to have our student growers also visit the Refuge and understand how their nursery practices translate into on the ground conservation projects.

The student and community efforts on Make a Difference Day helped to restore an important wildlife area along the San Joaquin River and the Pacific Flyway. Their work will improve water quality and wildlife habitat for the region and contribute to the largest habitat restoration initiative in California – the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.

The above article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of the River Partners Journal.