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Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk

August 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

$35

Pastel of pre-fire Hollister Meadow at Arroyo Hondo Preserve by Chris Chapman

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The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County’s Arroyo Hondo Preserve has always been an amazing example of California’s biodiversity. The Montecito Journal describes it as “one of Santa Barbara’s most significant treasures.” Now that the Alisal Fire swept through it in October of 2021, it also serves as an example of the amazing regenerative power of Nature. On August 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., I’ll return for the first time since the fire to observe how the land is regaining its legendary status as “the jewel of the Gaviota Coast.”

The Alisal Fire approaching Arroyo Hondo. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

We’ll look in the creekside riparian habitat for the resprouting and re-emergence of Southern California native trees, including White Alder, California Bay, Blue Elderberry, Bigleaf Maple, and Coast Live Oak. Where the tree canopy used to be, we’ll seek out signs of the return of shade-loving native plants and herbs like Giant Horsetail, Gooseberry, Hummingbird Sage, Maidenhair Fern and Giant Chain Fern.

Carrizo Grass returning on Day 52. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
California Bay tree resprouting from the crown. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Return of the Giant Chain Fern (Day 52). Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Giant Chain Fern resprouting from underground rhizomes. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sunnier exposed sage scrub and chaparral areas were hardest hit by the fire but I still expect to see natives like Toyon, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush, Lemonade Berry, and Greenbark Ceanothus resprouting or popping up from the seed bank stored below the soil surface.

Western Sycamore resprouting from the base of the burnt trunk. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Numerous Toyon sprouts seen on Day 185. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Fire Poppy (Papaver californicum), an aptly named fire-follower. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Large-Flowered Phacelia (Phacelia grandiflora), a common fire-follower. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the walk, I will break out my mobile bookstore, including copies of my book, Medicinal Herbs of California, available for sale and signing. A number of the plants that we’ll meet can be found in the book. I’ll also have Milt McAuley’s classic Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains which includes every plant we’ll see.

The cost for the walk is $35. Senior, student and child discounts are available by request. The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County also requests a suggested $10 donation at the site to cover stewardship of the land. Once registered, attendees will receive an email during the week prior to the walk with more information and directions to Arroyo Hondo. No dogs or smoking are allowed.

Participants will receive an email afterwards with notes and a complete list of all plants and wildlife observed.

Please be sure to use the REGISTER link below before clicking on the PayPal button to complete payment and secure your space. Note: Online payment includes a PayPal fee. To avoid that, when you register you can request instructions for mailing a payment of $35/person.

If the event sells out, PayPal will not accept your payment. You will see a message that says this event “is not available at this time” and you will be returned to this page. If that happens, be sure to click on the REGISTER button below to sign up for the waiting list. If spaces become available they will be filled based on date and time of registration.

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Details

Date:
August 6
Time:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost:
$35

Organizer

Lanny Kaufer
Phone:
8056466281
Email:
register@herbwalks.com
View Organizer Website

Venue

Arroyo Hondo Preserve
Gaviota, CA United States + Google Map

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