The 14th annual Panther Meadows Community Restoration Day and Plant Walk has been scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mt. Shasta.

The event is a collaboration of the Honor Our Mountain Environment stewardship project of the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center and the Mount Shasta Ranger District.

The area is on the National Register of Historic Places as sacred to the local Native American tribes and to traditions from around the world. Members of the Winnemen Wintu Tribe have been invited to participate in the event.

This year, the project happens to coincide with National Public Lands Day, when volunteers across the country engage in stewardship activities such as planting trees and other flora, improving habitats for wild species, cleanup and trail work.

Volunteers will plant native varieties, gather seeds, and listen to talks at lunch, learning about meadow and mountain species from Forest Service botanist Twyla Miller, as well as some of the lore of the area from heritage resources manager Julie Cassidy and resident naturalist Johnny Dame.

Participants will start in upper Panther Meadow planting native species such as arnica, aster and sedges that were grown by the Forest Service. Then the group will do a plant walk that will include seed gathering so that next year’s plants can be propagated in the greenhouse over the winter months. They’ll be looking for seeds from various plants, including wild onion, sedges, arnica, aster and rushes, all under the expert guidance of the botanist, who will share her ecological knowledge.

Volunteers have the option to either meet in the lower Ski Bowl parking area at 10 a.m., or carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center at 418 S. Mt. Shasta Boulevard (across from Mike and Tony’s Restaurant) in Mount Shasta.

Bring a lunch, dress for variable weather, and wear sturdy walking shoes. More information is available from the Ecology Center at
926-5655.