Friends of Arana Gulch

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Arana oak -- March, 2000 -- by Jean Brocklebank

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed it's the only thing that ever has." 111Margaret Mead


    Thank you to all who worked so hard to defend the Arana Gulch Greenbelt and Open Space from the gentrification that ultimately overcame our good work.

    Now that Arana Gulch has been forever diminished by the City's industrial scale bike road and cattle fencing, Friends of Arana Gulch returns to its original long term goal: To advocate for the protection, preservation, and restoration of the coastal terrace prairie habitat as promised in the City's Arana Gulch Master Plan, and the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan.



Tarplant Season 2014

    A third year of drought, coupled with a lack of any consistent, meaningful management of tarplant habitat by the City for the past 15 years (which spent its energy, time and money on building a bike short cut through the greenbelt) has resulted in the lowest inventory of Holocarpha macradenia since records began. Friends of Arana Gulch found three individuals (one very tiny indeed) and the City's botanist found a fourth, so tiny as to be almost imperceptible. Of the four plants, two were desiccated and gone by August.

Click HERE to see how they looked on July 10th.

Click HERE to see how they looked on September 5th (note that we had mulched around their bases to try to preserve any moisture in the soil).

Click HERE to see the only surviving tarplant on September 27 (with its 51 flowers).



Lest We Forget:

Click HERE to see the destruction of the Arana Gulch Greenbelt to build a bicycle "path."

"Costs rise on Santa Cruz greenbelt path project"

Click HERE for the Santa Cruz Sentinel article on the Hagemann bridge cost overrun.

Click HERE to see the Brommer Street curbing that had to be replaced.

Click HERE to see pictures that holler "More cost overruns to come!" due to original project design flaws.

Click HERE to see the paved routes in the context of the destruction to create them.

Click HERE to see the continuing destruction of tarplant habitat even after the paving was completed.


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This is what was promised.
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This is what was built.      Click HERE to see the full story.


About Arana Gulch The Project Our History Photos Links


OUR PURPOSE:

Friends of the Arana Gulch is an unincorporated association of concerned citizens working for the preservation and restoration of the rare and native flora and fauna of this coastal terrace prairie habitat.

OUR LONG-TERM GOAL:

To advocate for the protection, preservation, and restoration of the coastal terrace prairie habitat as promised in the City's Arana Gulch Master Plan, and the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan.

JOIN US!

To learn more about Friends of Arana Gulch, and to help us in our work, send an email to: Jean or call 462-4919 (Jean or Michael)





Last Updated 1/15/15