MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Planning Department and the Mariposa County Arts Council are excited to unveil Seed Share, a demonstration piece and Creative Placemaking Master Plan stakeholder engagement opportunity exploring the relationships between healthy landscapes and vibrant communities.
This project is connected to the Mariposa Creek Parkway project and efforts to restore the Mariposa Creek corridor with native riparian plants as well as animate the creek corridor with the native wildlife species that are attracted to and sustained by them and activate additional creative placemaking projects that investigate the landscape’s role in our local sense of place.
Located on the Mariposa Creek Parkway near 8th Street and Stroming Road, Seed Share invites county residents to extend the Mariposa Creek corridor to our larger community — your home, school, office, or wherever you feel connected to — by taking some of the native seeds that are shared in this installation and planting them in a place that is special to you.
Planting and caring for these native species across the community will begin to create necessary biological pathways of viability and life for the pollinators, birds, and other species that rely upon both public as well as private lands in Mariposa.
The Mariposa Creek corridor is a riparian area with a unique ecology. The environmental processes that take place here — like hydrologic function, nutrient and water cycling, and the constant movement of energy downstream — create nourishing ecosystems that sustain many beautiful native species, while refreshing and protecting our community from fire, flooding, and drought.
Of significance, Mariposa’s first human inhabitants, the Southern Sierra Miwuk, continue to use the creek’s native riparian species to meet a variety of traditional cultural, physical and spiritual needs.
This installation is part of the Mariposa County Creative Placemaking Master Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for future investments in many of the places and things that tell our community’s story and make Mariposa County a special place to visit and live.
You can learn more about the plan and contribute your thoughts and ideas by visiting http://www.mariposaartscouncil.org/cpmp-survey. The Mariposa County Creative Placemaking Master Plan will be completed in late Spring 2021.
The Arts Council is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is supported in part by the County of Mariposa, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.