A group of eleven enthusiastic students and two interns participated in the 2016 Youth Engaged Stewardship (YES!) program at Las Cienegas NCA. The students completed a project at the Gardner Sacaton flats to help restore the status of Sacaton grasslands, which are vital to the health of the watershed, and provide protection for wildlife. They transplanted soil and 150 alkali Sacaton plants. The soil, brought from other areas on the LCNCA, includes bacteria that form a crust that protects the surface area from blowing. This project will test whether the transplanted soil will expand and stabilize the surface.