Casa Grande High School (CASA)
Native Plant Nursery
In 2005 the California State Water Board awarded a grant to the Petaluma Water Department which was divided equally between PWA for development of the third grade educational program and to John Shribbs for the creation of a native plant nursery at CASA. The original concept was that since PWA was starting to do habitat restoration in the wetlands, the CASA nursery could supply the needed native plants to greatly reduce the costs of restoration. A number of students in the CASA biology program volunteered their time working in the nursery. John is one of the original PWA board members.
The nursery was developed and run by Dr. John Shribbs, a science teacher at CASA with a love of plants and restoration projects. John had a green thumb, so the nursery thrived and grew. By 2008 John also supplied plants to the Sonoma County Water Agency and the City of Petaluma for their restoration needs. The Water Agency, in turn, gave John grant money to cover his expenses. These relationships continue today. In 2006 John and Gerald Moore co-authored a weed management/restoration plan (about 300 pages) which still guides their restoration efforts. Restoration works best under an “Adaptive Management” policy, so frequent small changes in the plan are necessary. Better native habitat translates into higher wildlife populations.