The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling, and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
The Valley Women’s Club, Environmental Committee has successfully secured a grant to start a few habitat restoration projects along the San Lorenzo and other sites. Please see below how you can help with things that you just might already have around the house that will make the project a huge success! The Americorps group will be working exceedingly hard and as a thank you, we need to make their stay here in our community not only fun but also comfortable. We are also looking for a construction project volunteer and group organizers.
Please call or email Linda @ 338-9500 email @ firstname.lastname@example.org to loan or donate to this excellent project.
It will be a 90-day event! The team will consist of – 6 women and 5 men. They arrive on January 12 and they will be with us for 9 weeks.
The major site of this habitat restoration project is going to take place at Highlands Park. Highlands is an important riparian corridor for indigenous plants, animals and seasonally migrating birds. It is a source of water for the city of Santa Cruz as well as important Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout habitat.
We have sleeping accommodations but need to furnish from top to bottom, dishes to spoons, beds to chairs.
Here the list of items needed for the project…
Kitchen and Cooking Necessities:
Gas Grill, Propane tanks filled, Weber charcoal grill.
Bags of charcoal
Microwave, Toaster oven, Teapot, Coffee/tea mugs
Dish drainer and pan
Large pasta pot with colander if possible
Kitchen cooking utensils
Cleaning supplies to cover 9-weeks/ clothes detergent
Plastic baskets for transporting wash
Kitchen washcloths and towels, Technu for poison oak
Floor lamps, Lamps, Smaller bedside tables, Sitting chairs, Beach chairs are a possibility
Tablecloths, Cloth napkins and napkin holders , Candles for outages, Flashlights
10 to 12 twin beds
12 to 24 blankets, 10-12 twin bed sheet sets, Pillows
Long curtains to be used to divide sleeping area
from communal area
Tools Chain saws
Chain saw sharpener, Tools – hand and power, Toolboxes
Paint pans and liners – Rollers and handles large and small- Drop cloths. (Easily returned.)
Shovels, Straight rakes, Leaf rakes
Pitchforks, Clamming fork, Hand weed-ers, Hand shovels
Loppers, Wheelbarrows, Pick axes, Sledgehammer
Post digger, Crowbar, Large plastic buckets for carrying tools etc.
Rope, 2x4s, 4x4s
Random boxes of screws and nails, Extension cords, Landscape Flags – any color and orange for poison oak
Leather gloves, Rose pruning gloves for removing blackberry, And Sundries
Large hanging white board (easily returned)
Flip chart stand (easily returned)
Books and publications on native habitat and related topics, tickets to local events and movies
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Pictures from 2014 Crew