Tolowa Dunes Stewards

Tolowa Dunes Stewards Donna Thompson, left, and Eileen Cooper in 2015.

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In honor of Donna Thompson’s 83rd birthday week, the Tolowa Dunes Stewards will work to restore the Big Dune in Tolowa Dunes State Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Volunteer Sandra Jerabek said no one has given longer or more generously to the hands-on restoration of native dune habitat — and the dependent native bees, wildflowers and birds — than Thompson. She and a few others started restoration, becoming the first stewards of the dunes, 17 years ago.

“Our group has blossomed,” Jerabek said in an email. “In 2019 volunteers contributed $104,000 worth of restoration value to Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.”

Because of the need for social distancing, only 10 volunteers may participate. To reserve a spot call or text 707-954-5253.

“Donna is still workin’ it, so come on out,” Jerabek said.

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