Last Saturday was a very productive clean up day at Sutter's Landing. Kathleen came out - even though she was leaving for Hawaii the next day - to begin the "landscaping" around the elderberry and oaks near the life vest station. As she cleared the invasive, dried grasses around the elderberry she discovered that we have a real granddaddy right at the entrance to the beach area. We will finish getting the area cleaned up and share some pictures with everyone. Better yet, come out and help uncover this spectacular elderberry specimen. And for everyone's information, we always work with Sacramento City Parks and Sacramento County Regional Parks before we undertake any projects, especially if they involve the River and Parkway's natural resources. All of our work is "permitted" before we begin. That's important.
While Kathleen was busy with the weed removal, Catherine, Mark, Tom, Elisa, and Kathy scoured the entire one mile for trash. Elisa focused on scooping up the burned wood and charcoal briquets from the beach. Everyone went to war on the dog poop, cigarette butts and bottle caps. Robert came out to take pictures. Mark is on land but more often on the water loading his watercraft with mounds of garbage from across the River and off the island.
And Sunday, August 8th, proved to be a successful alternative beautification effort to Saturday. Deborah and Paul came out and spent a couple of hours cleaning up the remnants left by Saturday's visitors to the River. Deborah and Paul are always willing to head down the bike trail and hiking trail as far as the railroad bridge to make sure these areas that are out of sight stay trash free. I stayed a little longer to take one final pass along the beach checking for illegal barbeques, and I heard from everyone how much they appreciate the clean and safe beach. I heard, more than once, that SLP has never looked better. And it hasn't. Everyone should be very proud of what we have accomplished over the past year.
If you are unable to join us as often as you would like, please use FOSL's social media to stay connected and inspired. You can follow us on Twitter @FOSLPark and Instagram @friendsofsutterslandingpark. If you include #sutterslandingpark and #americanriverparkway because you would like to share photos and other information it will help promote the area's nature and recreation. You can also reach us via email at email@example.com and sarariverwatch.org.
See you tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th and/or Sunday, August 15th at 8:00 a.m. for another opportunity to keep SLP beautiful.
Be well and safe.
Your Parkway Pal,