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The Grove of Old Trees
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
9:00 am-1:00pm LandPaths Staff: Nicolas Whitaker
*See note at below about changes to driving conditions for Saturday's Workday
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to register! This event occurs rain or shine.
In 2018 we are increasing our stewardship presence at the Grove with new monthly stewardship workdays, lending an extra 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 the only privately-owned wildland preserve 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! The tasks for October's workday include fuel reduction from the Grove's forests and watering recent fern transplants. Which tasks we tackle will be determined by weather, and this posting will be updated closer to the day of the event.
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, 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/ *Changes to Road Conditions
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!
*This Saturday is the Levi's Grand Fondo bike event. This event involves road closures all over West County, please visit this page for more info on specific closures and to help plan your route: http://www.ksro.com/2017/09/29/levi-granfondo-road-closures/
Thanks for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Grove!
Your Friends at LandPaths & Friends of the Grove (FOG)