Long ago there was a Masters degree in public health nutrition. I stopped PhD studies in biochemistry with a second Masters in order to put my husband through law school. After 20 years in biochem labs, a few years among incense cedars and black oaks, and 9 years as a county environmental health specialist, I landed in SLO county.
I began volunteering: GIS and database creation at county Environmental Health Division, as a docent for Central Coast Natural History Assn., gardening along Los Berros Creek, gardening and plant propagation at SLO Botanical Garden, and database creation at KCBXnet.
My two current volunteer activities are audio-visual repair and boxing at SLO public library, and computer tasks at LC. What do I like about being a volunteer at LC? I like the people and the opportunity to do things that are both useful and creative. I like to make Web pages, databases and maps. I like to do restoration work in the field. I like to think that my tiny efforts are helping to promote conservation and restoration in a small part of the wonderful land that is California.
On Saturday, December 3rd 2005 nine Cal Poly students from the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SC,ASLA) planted 635 native trees and shrubs at the Black Lake Ecological Area and netted $250.00 for their clubs coffiers. Each student gathered sponsorships from friends and family members who donated money per plant or a total sum amount. Club plans are to tour San Francisco to visit Landscape Architect firms and to visit important sites in the city designed by Landscape Architects.