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|California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Big Creek Interpretive Trail|
|Date||Saturday April 11|
|Time||8:00 AM - 8:00 AM|
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|Big Creek Watershed, UCSC Natural Reserve System|
Chapter field trips are free and open to the public.
Chapter field trips are oriented to conservation, protection and enjoyment of California native plants and wildlife. Many other upcoming chapter activities are listed in the Blazing Star.
In our region it is important to be prepared for hiking on rugged & steep terrain, wide temperature ranges and rapidly changing conditions at any time of year. All participants should wear sturdy footwear and carry sufficient water, sun protection, food, clothing layers, personal first aid and other supplies you may need. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a particular field trip, please contact the trip leader in advance.
Part of the UCSC Natural Reserve System, Big Creek covers 4400 acres adjacent to the Ventana wilderness. Most of the 14000 acre Big Creek watershed burned in the 1999 Kirk Fire and it was stopped on the Dolan Ridge firebreak, which divides Big Creek from coastal slopes, Rat, Dolan and Lime Creeks. The Basin fire of 2008 was stopped on the same firebreak. On this hike we will examine burned landscapes both 10 years after AND 8 months after by hiking up part of the firebreak after ascending though the unburned Interpretive Trail. We'll also see the impacts of 'fire suppression' and inventory post fire endemics and non-native invasive taxa for the reserve manager. Once on the firebreak the views are stunning of the north and south coasts. The firebreak ascends to over 4000 feet in the Ventana wilderness but this area is currently closed. The firebreak is so steep I know I'll not get above 2000 feet but this should take us into acres of coastal grasslands, coastal scrub, mixed hardwoods and chaparral. Expect a moderate to strenuous (steep) roundtrip of 8+ miles, with a shorter less strenuous option if requested in advance. Please wear real hiking boots, and bring plenty of water, snacks, layers, and sun protection.