High temps turn down hours at perserves
In light of dry conditions, Sequoia Riverlands Trust has announced an early switch to summer hours at two of its preserves.
SRT’s goal is to balance visitor access with the need to protect its neighbors grazing land from wildfire. As of this week, Dry Creek Preserve is open on weekends only. Homer Ranch will be closed for the summer immediately, opening again in the fall around Oct. 15. Kaweah Oaks Preserve will continue to stay open year round from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Dry Creek Preserve is a former gravel quarry, now fully restored and is the first mine reclamation in Tulare County. Its 152 acres is home to SRT’s native plant nursery and has some ecological treasures as well. Its rare sycamore alluvial woodland is found in just 17 stands across central California and ranked third in size and health of all the remaining stands.
There are established walking trails, a picnic area, a drinking fountain and restrooms. Dogs are allowed and must be on a leash. Directions to Dry Creek Preserve: From Visalia, travel east through Lemon Cove on Highway 198 to Highway 216 (about 18 miles). Take Highway 216 one half mile across the bridge and turn right onto Dry Creek Drive The preserve is 2 ¼ miles up on your right. Visitors are reminded not to park in areas where their hot engine could set a fire in dry grass.
SRT is a regional, non-profit land trust dedicated to conserving the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. SRT holds conservation easements on 23 properties, totaling more than 4,000 acres of protected land, most of them working farms and ranches. To date, SRT has protected more than 11,899 acres. SRT owns and manages six nature preserves that protect 4,069 acres of remnant landscapes, woodland communities and wildlife habitat, much of it grazed by cattle. For more information, visit http://www.sequoiariverlands.org.