The annual Panther Meadows Community Planting Day is scheduled for Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, whose Honor Our Mountain Environment (HOME) Stewardship Project has been involved in Panther Meadows restoration for the past dozen years, is teaming up with the Forest Service and the River Exchange for this community event.
Participants will meet at the Upper Panther Meadows trailhead (Lower Old Ski Bowl parking area). Those who wish to carpool will meet at the Ecology Center, 418 South Mount Shasta Boulevard at 9:30 a.m.
Volunteers will join with botanists to plant native species grown in the Forest Service greenhouse, gather seeds, listen to Native American views, and learn about meadow and mountain species.
The River Exchange wishes to acknowledge the National Forest Foundation, which provided funds to help propagate over 2,000 plants in the Forest Service greenhouse, to be used for restoration projects in Panther Meadows and on the McCloud River.
Forest Service botanists Rhonda Posey and Twyla Miller will share their botanical knowledge of native flora during the plant walk, and participants will also collect seed, as well as scatter some seed.
At lunch time, participants will gather around a representative of the Winnemem Wintu for a talk on the Native American significance of Panther Meadows, which is on the National Register of Historic Places as a traditional Native American cultural site.
With various plant species such as asters, arnica, penstemon, heather, sedges and alpine timothy needing to take root, volunteers will be needed to work in different groups. Those participating are asked to wear good walking shoes, bring a lunch, work gloves, sun protection, clothes for any weather, and water.
“In this event we join up with our larger community – the Mountain, the plants, birds and animals – on which the human community is based,” said Michelle Berditschevsky, director of the Ecology Center.
For more information please call the Ecology Center at 926-5655.