Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve Volunteer Patrol Orientation

August 2, 2018

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Date(s) - 08/02/2018
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve


What: Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve Volunteer Patrol Orientation
When: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Please email Monica Delmartini for the meeting location and to RSVP.
What to bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles or a stick if you like, sun hat, sunscreen, mosquito/tick repellent if you need it, sunglasses, water, and a snack.

Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve is a 960-acre preserve purchased by Ag + Open Space in 2006. It is located on the eastern boundary of Santa Rosa and includes portions of the Mark West Creek watershed and a portion of Santa Rosa Creek in the Russian River Drainage Basin. Alpine, Weeks, and Van Buren creeks, which run through the property, feed into Mark West Creek where Coho salmon and steelhead swim. The preserve includes a mix of oak woodlands, hardwood/conifer forests, and grasslands, with fantastic views across the Mark West Creek watershed and Santa Rosa Plain. Through a State Coastal Conservancy grant, Ag + Open Space has developed a draft management plan that addresses the protection of a federally-listed endangered plant found on the property, as well as maintenance and management of the road network, native habitats, streams, and invasive plants.

People can visit this property by joining the Volunteer Patrol or by participating in guided outings. Trained volunteer patrollers regularly visit and care for the property. Our volunteers are very valuable to us as they are the “eyes and ears” of Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve. Joining the Volunteer Patrol is a great way for you to discover this beautiful place while helping Ag + Open Space staff best manage and care for the natural resources on the property. Volunteer patrollers may hike the preserve whenever they wish on their own time and are responsible for submitting a brief report to Ag + Open Space after each visit.

We ask all interested volunteer patrollers participate in an orientation. The orientation is roughly 2.5 hours and involves about 45 minutes to cover the nuts and bolts of volunteering, share some background about the preserve, and review the maps and routes. The orientation will be followed by a 1.5-hour hike. The hike portion is optional but not to be missed! Please share this invitation with any of your friends/family/colleagues who may be interested in hiking and helping out on the preserve.

Please RSVP to Monica Delmartini to receive the meeting location and more orientation details.

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