Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our Time at Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy

Serving at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
During Round 2, the Pacific Region AmeriCorps NCCC team Silver 6 served with the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy (TCDC) in Borrego Springs, CA. TCDC is a non-profit organization created to protect and preserve the beauty of the Sonoran Desert by removing invasive plants. To do so, the organization enlisted the service of AmeriCorps NCCC Silver 6 members to help with the Sahara Mustard epidemic. The Sahara Mustard is a non-native plant which threatens native flora, annual wildflowers, and perennial plants in the desert ecosystem. With the assistance of Silver 6, TCDC and their project sponsor, David Garmon, were able to tackle their mission of protecting the native plants and promoting the biodiversity of the desert.

Members of Silver 6 on a Service Learning expedition
with members of the Anza-Borrego Foundation
and the Anza-Borrego Archeology Society
While the eradication of the Sahara Mustard was the team’s priority, Silver 6 also worked with Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park doing trail work and removal of other invasive plants. The team was also given the opportunity to educate and recruit community members to help with the removal of the invasive species. In doing so, Silver 6 further assisted TCDC in informing the local community of the negative impact of the Sahara Mustard on the local ecosystem, and explained how the Borrego Springs community can continue to maintain eradication efforts.

Corps Member Catelyn removing a large 
Sahara Mustard plant from County Road S2
Overall, the team gained an appreciation for desert wildlife and flora during their Round 2 project. The project not only allowed the team to participate in environmental stewardship and conservation, but to interact with the community as well. The project and the community made a great impression on the team… so much so that Silver 6 hopes their efforts leave a positive lasting impact, and the residents of Borrego Springs continue their work with Sahara Mustard to preserve the beauty of the desert.

Getting things done,
Silver 6 
Pacific Region Class 20
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