WALKER PRESERVE TRAIL TO RECEIVE THOUSANDS OF NEW TREES AND OTHER PLANTS

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: City of Santee

March 12, 2018 (Santee) -- The Walker Preserve Trail in Santee will soon have 4,000 new plants and trees – all native to our region.

Cottonwoods, alders, sage brush, buckwheat and San Diego sunflowers are among the drought-tolerant species that will soon line the walking trail, providing habitat for birds and other native wildlife, NBC 7 reports.  Native plants will also help improve water quality in the San Diego River and prevent erosion.

The plantings are being done by Habitat Restoration Science Inc., which began work in January and will conclude plantings over the next three to four years along two and a half acres that includes a trail of nearly a mile.

The walking path connects Santee and Lakeside as part of a 52-mile trail along the San Diego River. The project is funded by a grant of over a quarter million dollars from the San Diego River Conservancy.