More than 75 eager volunteers grabbed gloves and shovels and headed for Los Jilgueros Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 14 to help the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) plant 386 native trees, shrubs, and grasses, as part of a major re-vegetation effort in the preserve.
Several large groups took part in the planting day, including Cub Scout pack 789 from Camp Pendleton, and the Rotary Club of Fallbrook. The largest group present was St. Peter’s Catholic Church Catechism Class, with 21 teenage volunteers.
The large number of volunteers made quick work of the planting, completing the work in about an hour. A variety of native species were planted, including sycamore, live oak, and cottonwood trees, toyon, white sage, and California rose shrubs and various native grasses.
Gary Beeler, a member of the FLC’s volunteer native plant and wildflower team, helped organize and prepare for the planting event. “Over 60 hours of labor went in to the preparation for the event,” Beeler noted. The native plant and wildflower team, along with FLC employees spent weeks planning, clearing, and digging holes.
“All the plants were provided by the FLC’s Save Our Forest Nursery,” said Jan Beeler. The 386 potted plants were brought in and staged the day before the event to speed the process.
Saturday’s planting was part of an ambitious four-year project made possible by two separate grants to the FLC, totaling more than $60,000.