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Volunteers needed to monitor plants at Jepson Prairie Preserve

By From page A3 | April 03, 2013

All are welcome to help out with the 13th annual Jepson Prairie Preserve vegetation transect monitoring project from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Don’t know your plants? Don’t worry. Ben Wallace, conservation project manager for the Solano Land Trust, and his team will start the day teaching volunteers the transect technique and how to identify the native plants to be surveyed.

Jepson Prairie is one of the few remaining vernal pool habitats and native bunchgrass prairies in California. This is a great opportunity to see parts of Jepson Prairie that are not open to the general public.

The data from this annual monitoring contributes to a long-term database that helps land managers preserve unique native species on the 1,500-acre preserve at the intersection of Highway 113 and Cook Lane, about 10 miles south of Dixon.

Volunteers will meet at the Jepson Prairie picnic area at 9 a.m. and should expect to walk 2 to 3 miles off-trail, on flat but uneven terrain, monitoring plants the whole way. Bring a bag lunch, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes or hiking boots and layered clothing. Be prepared for heat, cold, wind and rain. Heavy rain will cancel the project.

To sign up, contact Wallace at [email protected] or 707-432-0150, ext. 203.

Since its founding in 1986, the Solano Land Trust has permanently protected more than 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County. For more information, visit www.solanolandtrust.org.

Enterprise staff

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