About two weekends back I volunteered for North Bay Science Discovery Day helping exhibitors find their booth, carry their items, setting up, etc. I got to talking with Catie Clune who is the education specialists of the Turtle Island Restoration Network. They were there promoting and educating the public about one of their initiatives called SPAWN, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network. I was fascinated to find out how much salmon ecology there is here in Marin. Catie mentioned there were volunteering opportunities listed on their website. Over the weekend Carter and I volunteered for one. We spent a good part of Saturday planting native grass seedlings in the parking lot and loading and cleaning stations of the old Rich Readimix Concrete Plant. We appear to be continuing an effort that started back in June. I've driven by this place for years but never paid much attention to it. I didn't realize how damaging it was to the Nicasio Creek below. Preston Brown, who lead the effort, explained some of the history of the plant but more importantly how the plant adversely affected the landscape throughout the decades. The harmful structures were already removed when we got their Saturday. We were just helping out trying to restore the area to be a healthier part of the ecosystem. After about 4 or 5 hours, Carter and I left with sore backs, bruised knees, achy muscles, a hole in my pants, and positive feelings that maybe we made a long term difference in our home county and for the planet in general.