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Plantapalooza 2024: A Blossoming Success at Rosewood Nature Study Area

On May 18th, we celebrated our 4th Annual Plantapalooza, at Rosewood Nature Study Area.  This spring event brought together volunteers from our community to aid in the restoration of the Rosewood Nature Study Area. Rosewood Nature Study Area, was officially opened to the public on June 12th, 2021 and restorations have continued ever since.

This year marked our biggest spring turnout yet, with a total of 92 dedicated individuals - 72 new faces and 20 returning volunteers. Together, we planted approximately 750 native upland and riparian species, helping to restore the natural ecosystem, stabilize stream banks, and reduce the growth of invasive species.

Before planting began, we had a brief but heartfelt mural dedication to showcase the new Nature Center murals. Though the artists were unable to attend, their work speaks volumes about the beauty and importance of our natural surroundings. Additionally, local tribal members honored us with a brief ceremony to kick off the event, reminding us of the cultural importance to the land we are working to restore.

Our volunteers were divided into groups, with one group spotting a garter snake and a duck nest during their planting activities. Another dedicated group walked considerable distances to plant willow cuttings deep within the property. These moments highlight the unique experiences and contributions of each volunteer.

garter snake at Rosewood Nature Study Area

This year's Plantapalooza saw the introduction of several native plants to the Rosewood Nature Study Area for the first time:

  • 1. Purshia tridentata - Bitterbrush: This hardy shrub is crucial for stabilizing soils and providing habitat for wildlife. Its deep roots help prevent erosion, and it offers food for various animals.

  • 2. Ephedra viridis - Green Ephedra: Known for its medicinal properties, Green Ephedra also plays a vital role in reducing soil erosion and serving as a food source for wildlife.

  • 3. Deschampsia caespitosa - Tufted Hairgrass: This perennial grass is excellent for wetland restoration, as it stabilizes stream banks and improves water quality by filtering pollutants.

  • 4. Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus - Green Rabbitbrush: This resilient plant is known for its ability to thrive in poor soils and harsh conditions, providing cover and food for various species.

  • 5. Carex praegracilis - Cluster Field Sedge: This sedge is valuable for wetland areas, aiding in soil stabilization and offering habitat for wetland wildlife.

  • 6. Artemisia tridentata - Sagebrush: A keystone species in many western ecosystems, Sagebrush provides essential cover and food for numerous animals and helps stabilize the soil.

  • 7. Arnica mollis - Hairy Arnica: This flowering plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also plays a role in soil stabilization and providing nectar for pollinators.

Our planting events play a crucial role in restoring the ecosystem for local wildlife, including vital pollinators such as bees and butterflies. By reintroducing native plants, we create habitats that support the life cycles of these essential creatures.

Past planting events have successfully established a thriving pollinator garden, which has become a sanctuary for various species and a hub of biodiversity. Additionally, stable wetlands, enhanced through our efforts, provide significant flood resilience to surrounding communities. These wetlands absorb excess rainwater, reduce the risk of flooding, and contribute to the overall health and stability of the local environment.

Thank you once again to all the volunteers who made this event possible. Your hard work and enthusiasm are vital to the ongoing restoration efforts at Rosewood. Special thanks goes to Waste Management for sponsoring the event and sending a team of volunteers to support the event.

For those who missed Plantapalooza or are eager to visit Rosewood, we invite you to join us at our upcoming events:

We look forward to seeing you there and continuing our collective efforts to preserve and enhance the Rosewood Nature Study Area. Thank you once again for your support and dedication. Let's keep planting for a brighter, greener future!

About the Author

Jennie is serving her third Americorps VISTA term as the Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator. She is from right here in Reno and went to the University of Nevada, Reno for a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She’s excited to use her marketing background to teach people about the parks and opportunities in their community. She enjoys running, hiking, sunshine and events such as Moms on the Run and the American River Half Marathon.


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