The Rotary clubs of Carpinteria planted 94 trees in the flood damaged Carpinteria Creek.

The project was funded by the Rotary clubs of Greater Los Angeles District 5280 and District Governor Cozette Vergari, who helped purchase the Sycamores, Toyons and Coast Live Oaks that were planted by the Rotary Clubs of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Morning and Carpinteria Sunset. Rotary club members from Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, El Segundo, San Bernardino, and Seattle were also on hand to help with the planting. Volunteers from the City of Carpinteria staff, Boy Scout Troop 50 members, Love Peace Harmony Foundation, Tree Musketeers Foundation, Dominos Pizza and Gran Vida also came out to help.

Event organizer, Wade Nomura, said “It was from the efforts of Carpinteria Rotary President Barry Enticknap and City Manager, and Rotarian, Dave Durflinger, that this was all possible. We also need to thank our Rotary neighbors in Los Angeles for their generous donation so we could purchase the trees and all the volunteers that came from all over to help plant all the trees”.

The creek corridor was literally stripped clean of vegetation by the floods following the Thomas Fire, and the 94 newly planted native trees will re establish the riparian plant community that was there before the floods.

This was a portion of a larger scale tree planting project that included tree plantings in Ventura, Ojai and soon to be planted, Montecito. District 5280 donated $10,000 in response to the Thomas Fire and floods.