Conservation trends

Protecting Plantings

Recently, I visited Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and was surprised to see mesh bags dotting the forest floor. Taking a closer look, I saw a variety of plants hidden under the mesh coverings.

Park ecologist Jeff Frey explain the park was encouraging these young and vulnerable plants to take root as part of an effort to turn areas of the park that were recently affected by park facility upgrades lush. Roads, trails, and the campfire circle are getting refreshed right now at Pfeiffer and the park hopes that the young trees and shrubs they’ve planted nearby will also add to visitors’ experience.

If the young plants take to their new environment and the mesh bags do fend off munching wildlife, Pfeiffer may look a tad greener next time you visit.

Learn about how you can help the Save the Redwoods League restore the Pfeiffer Falls Trail that was destroyed during the 2008 Chalk fire.

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