Volunteers helped to restore three acres at the south end of campus

Community-based restoration, a few acres at a time

Rose Ashbach, a graduate student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program, has left her mark on the campus while helping the university implement its master plan.

For her senior thesis, she developed a Habitat Management Plan for 109 acres of open space located south of the library. Months later, Ashbach was hired to implement her plan for three of those acres along the southern border of the campus, at the corner of Lightfighter Drive and Colonel Durham Street.

She used a community-based restoration approach that tied together CSUMB classes, volunteers, the Watershed Institute and her experience working at the Bureau of Land Management.

BYOB, help RON

CSU Monterey Bay's Return of the Natives program is getting some help from Whole Foods shoppers.

From July through September, shoppers at the grocery chain's Monterey store can request that the five-cent refund they receive from bringing their own bags be directed to RON.

The donation will be used to help pay for school buses to transport children to RON events.