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Volunteers Burnish Laguna de Santa Rosa

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Volunteers Burnish Laguna de Santa Rosa

Thirty volunteers from four local Rotary clubs spent Saturday, September 24th, bringing some welcome maintenance to the facilities at Laguna de Santa Rosa. (The clubs are Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa West, and Santa Rosa Sunrise.)

Volunteers at the Laguna de la Santa RosaThe five clubs joined together because of the importance of the Laguna de Santa Rosa as a conservation and recreation area for both Santa Rosa and West County. Ellen Harrington, who led the effort for Sebastopol Rotary said: “We all value the Laguna for its beauty and quiet space. We also recognize its importance to the ecology of the entire region. Our work was to ensure its preservation and continued attractiveness as a place where people can come to appreciate this unique piece of land.”

During the day the volunteers worked on three main projects: painting the birding observation deck and bridge, adding heavy gravel to pathways, and shoveling gigantic mounds of mulch and compost onto the native plant landscape. Many local Rotarians and community members provided the materials for the work. Chip Rawson (Rotary Club of Santa Rosa) and his painting crew donated the power washing and painting supplies. Guy Smith (Rotary Club of Sebastopol) hauled and delivered the gravel, which was donated by Stony Point Quarry. Whole Foods Market donated the food.

In addition local government agencies supported the work. The Sonoma County Water Agency donated the mulch, and the City of Santa Rosa donated the compost and the use of the tractor.

For more information, call Hal Kwalwasser, 202-262-2139.