6/3/2006 Explore the Owens Valley meadow zone
Saturday, June 3, 2006:

You're invited to a field trip exploring the Owens Valley meadow zone with Daniel Pritchett of CNPS and OVC .

Alkali meadow habitat has become rare in California, and its occurrence on the Owens Valley floor is one of our least-appreciated biological resources. We will learn about native alkali meadow vegetation and what it has to do with non-native trout. We will explore an area from Blackrock Springs south toward Independence while learning about relationships between vegetation and groundwater. Sense of humor and capacity for outrage required. 4x4 not required but high clearance will help. PS: we will probably see several CNPS-listed species including Owens Valley endemics Calochortus excavatus and Sidalcea covillei. Meet at the Blackrock Fish Hatchery raceway parking lot at 8:45 AM. Temperatures may be high. Bring water, lunch, snacks, hat & sunscreen. Trip will end by noon. For more information contact Daniel at 873-8943.
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