Join us October 5th, 2019 for Community Creek Cleanup and our mass community tree planting day! From 8AM to Noon the community will be planting trees along the Sacramento River Trail beginning at 3399 Harlan Drive. You can register to volunteer here.
In the wake of summer 2018'd devastating Carr Fire, the City of Redding and the Shasta Environmental Alliance is calling on volunteers to help “Re-Oak” the region. Shasta County residents were asked to assist with this effort and help gather acorns to reintroduce these iconic oak trees.
The City of Redding’s Community Services Department is partnering with the Shasta Environmental Alliance, a collection of 14 local nonprofit environmental advocacy groups to help regrow some of the native vegetation in our region. With the recent fire, tens of thousands of acres of oak habitat have burned. Though oaks have evolved to withstand fire, and many will regenerate, the process is slow. The project provides restoration support for the replacement of hazard trees and the reforestation of burnt, bulldozed, and denuded land cleared for fire breaks. Careful stewardship at this time will accelerate recovery.
With this effort, up to 3,000 oaks will be propagated. Not every acorn will survive, but those that do grow to be wonderful things that provide wildlife habitat, feed pollinators, clean and recharge groundwater, provide a playground for kids and cool shade for hikers.
So, what did we do with all of those acorns?
To date, thousands of acorns have been planted along trails and in open spaces both in and around Redding.
Mid-February 2019 - Thousands of acorns are planted in deepots and grown by local schools and groups in town. Supplies for this project were donated by Lowe's (thank you!)
Early-February 2019 the Chrysalis Charter School planted over 1,000 acorns along the BLM's FB Trail in north Redding.
November 2018 - 500+ acorns planted along the Westside Trails in west Redding.
October 2019 - Thousands of oak trees are to be planted along the Sacramento River Trail. With support from the Redding Parks and Trails Foundation, California ReLeaf, CalFire, and
How to Collect Acorns
Acorns should be collected from oak trees between September and November. Candidate trees are interior live oaks, blue oaks, valley oaks, or black oaks that are healthy and free from disease, rot, mold, or fungus. It is wise to survey the surrounding area for non-native oaks. Oak trees use the wind to spread their pollen. Because of this, trees can only pollinate other trees within about a 60-meter area. The best place to collect acorns is an area with a big group of oak trees of the same species. Oaks not native to Shasta County can cross-pollinate within the 60-meter radius and produce undesirable hybrid trees. There is no way to tell if your acorns are hybrids by looking at them. Hybrids can have unexpected and negative impacts on wildlife and native tree populations.
How to Identify Oaks
And check out this handy guide provided by Sacramento Tree Foundation.
For more information about this project contact Community Projects Manager Travis Menne at 530-245-7176 or Tmenne@cityofredding.org