Oakland, CA (April 21, 2015) – Commemorating Earth Day 2015, international environmental and conservation consulting firm Marstel-Day, LLC’s California team volunteered with a variety of environmental and conservation nonprofits across the Golden State at sites ranging from the Oakland Zoo and the Gardens at Lake Merritt to the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation and Joshua Tree National Park. The company’s Earth Day activities reflect its long-standing policy of partnering with community groups that champion natural infrastructure in urban environments. Check out photo at https://instagram.com/marstelday.
“From day one, Marstel-Day has been committed to spending Earth Day working with community partners on environmental projects. Teams from each of our 11 offices nationwide and their community partners help enhance natural resources and habitats, as well as the quality of life for the millions of people who live and work in those communities,” noted Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin.
“Each of Marstel-Day’s California offices are in distinct habitats –the desert, the beach, or the Bay – that must become increasingly resilient to complex environmental challenges, like drought and sea level rise. We regularly address these challenges with our clients, but on Earth Day, we have an opportunity to join our communities in preserving local ecosystems,” said Marstel-Day Western Regional Manager Erika Sawyer.
On Friday, April 17, the company’s California team fanned out across the state to work with projects that encourage water conservation and restore key habitats, including the following:
Removed invasive species to support native grasses at the Oakland Zoo in support of the zoo’s many on-site conservation projects, including the California Trail which celebrates the state’s natural past, present, and future. Planted riparian buffers at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. These buffers improve water quality by capturing potentially polluted runoff. These gardens also support critical groundwater supply recharge by allowing water to percolate through soil into aquifers, preventing runoff.
Planted native species vegetation at the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation for habitat restoration, benefiting many aquatic and terrestrial species and a sediment repository for better water quality, as well as a recreational trail.
Raked, weeded, and cleaned up common areas at Corona Community Garden at Peace, including picking up trash and maintaining the path.
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Planted cactus varieties and seed pods, and transplanted desert grasses and small brush seedlings in Joshua Tree National Park. Recently designated for a 30-year climate change study, the park is a wildlife corridor for the threatened desert tortoise, Mojave fringe toed lizard, horned lizard, snakes and birds.