Calabasas volunteers give Mother Nature a big assist
MENDING THE MOUNTAIN—Mountain Restoration Trust Manager Tom Hayduk of Canoga Park (left in both photos above) and volunteer Dung Nguyen of Chatsworth prepare to water some of the native vegetation that was planted in the hills near Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas as part of the ongoing Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration project. The pair hauled a large hose more than half a mile to accomplish their weekly watering. Volunteers and restoration workers are planting more than 1,500 shrubs and other types of vegetation to help protect and preserve the native chaparral land. At left, a lone Chapparal Yucca is just one of the many plantings that are now thriving under the Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration project. The work also includes the removal of invasive shrubs and the laying down of protective mulch in many areas.