Creek Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

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The 6th Annual Community Creek Cleanup involves removing invasive vegetation within the Henderson Open Space, which sits along the Sacramento River just southeast of the Cypress Avenue bridge.

This open space consists of more than 30 acres which has become overgrown with invasive species. In addition to frontage on the Sacramento River, the parcel includes two natural ponds, one seasonal. The other pond has become a habitat for the North American Wood Duck, which is making a recovery from near-extinction.

In addition to opening up viewing of the River, dirt accessory paths to and along the Sacramento River will be cleared as many have become impassable due to overgrowth. This work will help the area to return to the riparian savannah it once was along with providing a lovely view of the river for users.

During four hours hundreds of volunteers will be removing Black Locust trees, Himalayan Blackberries bushes, stands of Arundo, Ailanthus trees and a preponderance of dead material.

  • Arundo displaces native plants and associated wildlife species as a consequence of the massive stands it forms. It clearly becomes a dominant component of the flora, removing the habitat and food resources provided by native plants, which support more insects than does Arundo. Unlike native riparian plants, Arundo provides little shading to in-stream habitat, leading to increased water temperatures and reduced habitat quality for aquatic wildlife.
  • Ailanthus is considered an invasive weed based on its ability to rapidly grow and spread. Common names include Tree of heaven, China-sumac, Chinese tree of heaven, stinktree, and varnishtree.
  • Black Locust trees pose a serious threat to native vegetation. Once introduced to an area, black locust expands readily into areas where their shade reduces competition from other plants. The large, fragrant blossoms compete with native plants for pollinating bees.
  • Himalayan Blackberries are considered a weed, with new growth spreading rapidly, overtaking any plant in its way. The root system is huge, storing food and sucking up water needed by other plants. These dense thickets can be a fire hazard.

What to wear / bring:

  • Closed Toe Shoes or Boots are Required
  • Long Pants and Long Sleeve Shirt are strongly recommended
  • Work Gloves if you have them
  • Water

Please wear the proper gear! We will be removing invasive vegetation. Due to the nature of this project, we cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Please pre-register online at for the 6th Annual “Community Creek Clean-Up”.

What: Community Creek Clean-Up
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Henderson Open Space, ~2398 Henderson Rd, Redding, CA 96002

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