During the 20th Century, the Grinnell, Goodspeed, and Wickson Natural Areas on campus became heavily invaded with ivy and other non-native vegetation that suppressed the biodiversity that once existed within the riparian zone of Strawberry Creek. Thanks to many student and community volunteers in the past 20 years, some of the natural areas are relatively weed-free and can support native vegetation. This work is ongoing - join us for an event!
The Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project is a multiyear project of weed removal and native plant re-vegetation along the banks of Strawberry Creek in the Grinnell Natural Area at the West Entrance of the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California. The project consists of removal of invasive species of such as Periwinkle (Vinca minor) and English Ivy (Hedera helix) which are recognized by the California Invasive Plant Council as species of significant concern to California wildlands. These areas of low biodiversity are then
Despite the biological, social, and physical challenges that exist in urban creek restorations, there are opportunities to effectively involve local residents in ecological rehabilitation projects. An urban riparian restoration project along Strawberry Creek (Berkeley, CA) began with the goal of removing exotic vegetation and restoring native plant coverage. However, through the involvement of local high school and college students, the project accomplished an additional goal of educating the local community about restoration and conservation.