6/7/2008 Field trip: What's all the fuss about Blackrock?
You're invited to a CNPS Blackrock meadow field trip with Daniel Pritchett of CNPS (the California Native Plant Society) and OVC (the Owens Valley Committee). The trip begins at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, June 7.

In July 2007 the Bristlecone Chapter of CNPS formally requested DWP and Inyo County change groundwater management in the Blackrock area due to degradation of rare alkali meadow habitat. Shorty after the chapter made its request, a fire burned part of the area. On this trip we will learn about the ecology of alkali meadow ecosystems, their response to fire, and non-native trout! We will explore an area from Blackrock Springs south toward Independence. Sense of humor and capacity for outrage required. 4x4 not necessary but high clearance will help. Meet at Blackrock Fish Hatchery raceway parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Bring water, snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Trip will end by noon. For more information contact Daniel at 873-8943.

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