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Musical Ft. Ord volunteer planting event planned for Saturday

January 22, 2010 | 12:17 pm

Volunteers helping out at a previous Ford Ord planting event. With a break in the weather forecast for this weekend, folks might want to get outside, stretch their legs and lend a hand with some yardwork.

The yard is actually a backcountry portion of Ft. Ord, and the work is a volunteer planting event, complete with live music and lots of camaraderie.

The annual Ft. Ord Public Lands Musical Volunteer Planting will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the Army Base Realignment and Closure Office, Return of the Natives and the California Native Plant Society Monterey Bay Chapter, more than 800 native plants will be set into the ground in an effort to restore Fort Ord habitat, remove non-native invasive flora and reduce erosion.

Local musicians will be on site to serenade and entertain participants with live jazz and bluegrass music.

"If you love music in nature, come join in our 14th year of musical restoration of the incredible Ft. Ord backcountry," said Bruce Delgado, Bureau of Land Management botanist.

There will be signs posted from the Ft. Ord Lightfighter Drive entrance to the work site, approximately a 15-minute drive from Highway 1 or Reservation Road.

Participants should bring durable clothes and boots, plus a hat and sunscreen. Refreshments and planting supplies will be provided.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Volunteers helping out at a previous Ft. Ord planting event. Credit: BLM

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