In the open field behind LangeTwins Winery, there was not a clean hand to be found on Tuesday afternoon. Instead, 25 high school students in rubber chore boots dug small holes at precise intervals to make room for blackberry shrubs, California rose plantings, oak trees and wild grapevines.
Maintaining the land in this area, with its rich soil, is a lot of responsibility. Countless people rely on it for food and to provide for their families. But animals native to increasingly rare riparian habitats count on it for their homes.