The Grove of Old Trees Stewardship Workday
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Leader: Nicolas Whitaker (LandPaths Staff)
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to register! This event occurs rain or shine.
Lend a hand to ensure that this unique wild space continues to be a healthy and flourishing habitat for our native plants and animals, as well as a place for our human community to gather and find solace in the majesty of the redwood forest.
This beautiful preserve was the first property stewarded and owned by LandPaths – it’s one of the only privately-owned wildland preserves in Sonoma County that is publicly accessible and free to all. Your work to steward the Grove helps us in both protecting the biotic integrity of this special place while allowing the public to enjoy it!
For the next few workdays we will be focused on removing California blackberry which is replacing native grass in the meadows. The work will involve hand clipping and raking of blackberry canes. There may be poison oak in these areas as well, so long pants and sleeves are recommended.
Where & When:
Please arrive early to ensure a start time of 9am.
We will work till about 12:30, stop for lunch (please feel welcome to bring a snack to share), and work for another hour or so after.
What to Bring:
Sturdy boots, work gloves (leather gloves are best for these workdays), water and re-fillable water bottle, lunch for yourself and an optional snack to share, weather appropriate clothing in layers, ear and eye protection (if you have it)
Directions to the Grove
Make your way to the town of Occidental and look for Coleman Valley Road – the main road exiting the West Side of town. Continue along Coleman Valley Road until the road makes a sharp turn to the right. Go straight (do not continue on Coleman Valley Road). You are now on Joy Road. Take Joy Road for approximately ¼ mile where you will turn right on Fitzpatrick Lane.
Proceed slowly on this narrow winding lane. Please remember to give right of way to vehicles traveling uphill. Stay on Fitzpatrick Lane approximately 5 minutes; the road banks to the left over a cattle grate, and up a moderately steep hill. The Grove will appear on your right. Follow the paved road along the Grove to the parking area on the right.
If you are driving from the local area or know others attending this workday, please consider carpooling to reduce the vehicle impact to Fitzpatrick Lane. Thank You!
Thanks for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Grove!
Your Friends at LandPaths & Friends of the Grove (FOG)