Today marked the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of UC Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery. The construction of the nursery was funded by The Green Initiative Fund in 2008 with a $15,000 grant. The nursery is used to grow native plants which are then transplanted to banks of Strawberry Creek, helping to improve and maintain the watershed.
This project would not have been possible without the volunteer hours and dedication of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, led by EH&S staff members Tim Pine and Karl Hans, and students like Tyler Grinberg, David Pon, Katherine Blair, and Courtney Hann. The Strawberry Creek Restoration Program not only built the nursery and planted the organic garden, but they continually remove invasive and non-native species along the banks of the Creek, allowing them to replant the area with the native campus-grown plants. The seeds from these cultivated plants are taken right from the watershed, keeping the same plants genetics within the watershed.
If you are visiting UC Berkeley’s campus, you will find the native plant nursery and its neighboring organic garden located adjacent to Giannini Hall on the Wellman Courtyard side. Also, check out the article on the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program in the Daily Cal.
Background information provided by Tim Pine: The SCNPN is managed by third year Student Coordinator David Pon and is a nearly all volunteer effort to grow locally sourced native plants for placement within the Campus Natural Areas (the Grinnell, the Wickson, and the Goodspeed) to restore biodiversity in these areas.
Construction of nursery’s shade-house and demonstration garden was funded by a grant from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student fee supported grant fund administered by a panel of Cal students with faculty and staff advisors. Since its inception four years ago, TGIF has made nearly one million dollars in grants to projects that promote sustainability on the Cal Campus. Both the SCNPN and Student Restoration Leadership Project (also funded by TGIF) are part of the UC Berkeley Strawberry Creek Restoration Program, a Campus effort begun in 1987 to restore and preserve the University owned portions of Strawberry Creek. The Program is managed by staff from the Office of Environment, Health & Safety/Environmental Protection Team and receives direction from the Strawberry Creek Environmental Quality Committee.