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Catalina Island Conservancy's Nursery Provides Native Species to many on Catalina COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY Every school day, the preschool students arriving at Catalina Kid Ventures pass directly by a beauti- ful new garden filled with native Catalina plants from the Catalina Island Conservancy's Ackerman Native Plant Nursery. Most of the children are too young to understand what "native plant" means, let alone "endemic," a species found in a particular area and nowhere else. However, they can learn a few things about biology, plants and the interde- pendent nature of our world from their garden. "The children learn from this garden that plants need water and rain, and that they require sunlight to grow," said Elizabeth Madden, Catalina Kid Ventures director. "They understand that the birds eat the berries of some of the plants as well." This is but one of many educational opportunities the Conservancy provides for Catalina's youth. From its Kids in Nature after- school programs for younger stu- dents to its Rose Ellen Gardner Internship for high school stu- dents, the Conservancy provides a wide variet2) of education and out- door programs for young people at no charge. The Conservancy's nursery also provides Catalina native plants free of charge to replace any high- ly invasive species at schools, like Catalina Kid Ventures, business- es, civic groups and other com- munity organizations throughout Avalon and Two Harbors. Highly invasive plants are those that the Conservancy seeks to eliminate in the Island's wildlands: flax-leaf broom, French broom, pampas grass, fennel and others. These donations are an impor- tant part of the plant nursery's and the Conservancy's Catalina Habitat Improvement and Restoration Program (CHIRP) efforts to encourage sustainable landscaping practices. While CHIRP is primarily focused on eliminating invasive plants in the Conservancy's wild- lands, this effort helps make peo- ple more aware of the threat as well as the solution. Together they encourage the removal of invasive species from Avalon by offering native trees and shrubs as replace- ments. The plant nursery's offer to provide native plants also recently found willing partners with the Los Angeles County Baywatch staff and the City of Avalon. Highly invasive pampas grass was removed from City Hall and the Baywatch facility on Avalon Canyon Road and replaced with native shrubs. The nursery provided plants to Joe Machado Field along Avalon Canyon Road, and it's been asked to provide street trees to the City of Avalon. At the preschool, deer had browsed most of the plants in its garden. The remaining plants had Elizabeth Madden, left, director of Catalina Kid Ventures, poses with the preschool's students along with Ackerman Native Plant Nursery Supervisor Peter Dixon, center right, and Conservancy horticulture technician Rebecca Cano. Courtesy photo Diveer Shah, a volunteer with International Student Volunteers, plants a sticky monkey- flower in the preschool's garden that was pro- vided by the Catalina Island Conservancy. been neglected. With the support of the City of Avalon and Catalina Kid Ventures, the Conservancy helped create a beautiful new garden that features a native Catalina toyon tree, also known as Christmas-berry, as well as Catalina silver lace, Catalina cur- rant and Catalina liveforever -- a species only found on the Island. The new native plant demonstra- tion garden is protected by a fence to keep the deer out. "We're proud of what we have here, and this garden is just anoth- er reason for that," Madden said. 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Supporter of numerous events, Catalina Marathon, Catalina Triathlon, Avalon Hospital Benefit 50 mile run, Catalina Jazz Traxx Festival, ] Rugby Fest, Catalina Outrigger Event, Etc. Although I have been at this for a long time, there is still important work to be done. My experience gained in both in my business and political lives, will help the City of Avalon and the newer members of the Council. I need your vote to continue this work and meet the challenges that confront us all in the future to keep Avalon the special place it is. I would like to commend all the candidates who tossed their hat into the ring and ran for office. Former Avalon Mayor Harvey Cowell once told me that anyone who runs for office in this town is crazy. Thanks to those who care enough and are crazy enough to ignore Mayor Cowell's opinion and run for office. I would also like to thank the citizens of Avalon for their support and votes over the years. I could not have done all I have without your support and the support of my family, especially my wife Patty. Win or lose, I appreciate your consideration and the opportunity to work for you for the next four years. GO OUT ANB VOTE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, April 4, 2014 ~, 7