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For a good time restoring native oaks, join us

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Thank you for Kathy Johnston’s article on oaks and acorns (“Our surprising superfood: acorns,” Nov. 25). Even though she is a “Model T” Johnson, she always writes interesting, well-researched articles.

Our group, onecoolearth.org, has been growing and planting oaks of all types on the Central Coast for the past 20 years, and we will be planting trees and acorns at Whale Rock Reservoir on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in helping can show up with work clothes and a shovel, and we will provide the trees and instructions. Whale Rock Reservoir is located on Old Creek Road about a mile from the ocean and Highway 1, just south of Cayucos, and is a water supply for the city of SLO and Cal Poly. It’s a beautiful place, and Whale Rock Manager Bob Hamilton and his crew do a great job of caring for it, but it will also benefit from our ongoing tree planting efforts. People with children are more than welcome.

Since the invention of the iron axe, the iron plow, and the development of grazing animals, humans have done a little too much clearing and overgrazing in most places, and this has affected the overall watershed. Without shade, the creeks get too hot. With no deep-rooted perennial trees, bushes, and bunch grasses, the slopes don’t hold in heavy rains, and erosion washes away valuable topsoil. Fortunately, most of our farmers and ranchers here on the Central Coast follow “Best Management Practices” and do a good job of maintaining our beautiful Central Coast.

A great example of land restoration can be seen at the end of Laureate Way off of O’Conner Way in SLO on the grounds of Temple Ner Shalom. A flat, bare, hot place cut by erosion gullies 15 years ago, it has had many native trees planted by the members of the Jewish Community Center and is looking nicer all the time.

One Cool Earth will be planting trees there on Sunday, Dec. 12, as well as at the adjacent Laureate school from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a good time restoring the area with native oaks, show up in work clothes with a shovel, and we will help you get started. All the previous centuries of human activity involved exploitation of the land. If we are to survive and have a beautiful, productive environment, the 21st century must be a time of restoration.

Interested? Please call me at 801-0668, or, in North County, call Greg Ellis at (760) 382-5164. Or log onto onecoolearth.org.

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