By Mayra Tostado
CUPERTINO — A popular natural preserve park is getting the care it needs thanks to PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust, a collaboration between PG&E and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
PG&E volunteers recently helped restore a riparian meadow at McClellan Ranch Preserve, which is increasingly threatened by urban growth.
“With all the development that’s happened in Silicon Valley, our habitat ecosystems have been separated,” said Alex Von Feldt, program director of Acterra Stewardship, a Silicon Valley environmental nonprofit that led the volunteer project.
“When animals and plants need to move with the stresses of climate change, we can help them migrate by creating islands of habitat to go in between and make our ecosystem more resilient,” Feldt added.
Volunteers helped repair the meadow on Friday (April 1) by sheet mulching, weeding invasive plants and by installing watershed-specific California native plants that will provide better food for wildlife at the preserve including coyotes, amphibians, reptiles and more than 130 species of birds.
“We couldn’t do this work without PG&E,” said Claire Thorp, an assistant director with the wildlife foundation. “We’ve been partnering with PG&E since 2000 to support projects that improve our ecosystem.”
PG&E and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation contributed $18,000 toward the restoration effort at McClellan Ranch which is also home to a creek that supports threatened populations of steelhead trout.
In addition to benefits for fish and wildlife, the park also performs important services for humans. It buffers against sea level rise, filters pollutants and sequesters carbon to offset the impact of emissions.
“We’re proud to support the very important work being done by Acterra in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in general and here at McClellan Ranch in particular,” said Diane Ross-leech, PG&E’s environmental policy director. “Our support is part of the PG&E’s broader commitment to partner with the communities where we live and work to protect and restore critical natural habitat.”
Since 2000, the PG&E Nature Restoration Trust Program committed $2.3 million to support 80 similar projects throughout its Northern and Central California service area.
For more information on PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust and the utility’s environmental commitment, visit www.pge.com/about/environment/.
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