Fossil Hill (foreground) in the foothills of Mt. Diablo

Fossil Hill third year

                  37°53'54"N  122°01'54" W                                                        photo by  Brad Heckman         

The Fossil Hill Native Plant Restoration Project in Shell Ridge Open Space began a number of years ago as the Mustard Eradication Project. In 2011 we were asked about followup. Were we just going to let one weed be replaced by another? What were we going to do about the fact that we were eradicating a plant visited by various pollinators? In 2012 we began our first plantings with 56 California Poppies, 135 native bunch grasses and 10 Grindelia camporum. In the 2015-2016 season, we planted over 12,000 plants of 33 different species. We also direct sowed 11 species of California native annuals and bulbs. So far, all of our genetic material has come from within the boundaries of Shell Ridge Open Space. The area we are actively working in is about 2 acres.  Click on the WCOSF link above to find out more about our organization and our various projects and volunteer opportunities. Click on the FOSSIL HILL SITE link at the top of any page to return to the Home Page.

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All photos by Phil Johnson unless otherwise noted.

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