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Wetland Wednesday Herb Walk

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$25

Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Please use the REGISTER button at top or bottom of this page to sign up before clicking on the PayPal link at bottom of the page to secure your space. The PayPal cost includes their fee. If you prefer, when you register you may request instructions for mailing a check for $25/person.

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Please join me and my wife Rondia for the second in a series of leisurely evening strolls on the historic wetland that is now the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We’ll identify native plants that have been used for centuries by the Chumash and other Indigenous people of California for shelter, food, medicine, fiber, ceremony and much more. Gardeners will discover how these plants can be used in home yard and garden landscapes. We’ll view first-hand the many benefits of the preservation and restoration of this special piece of land by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy  (OVLC). In the pond at the low spot in the wetland, we’ll likely see waterfowl and typical wetland plants such as tules. This walk is presented under a Special Use Permit from OVLC.

For decades the wetland was buried under sediment and fill dirt from nearby construction. A grove of non-native Eucalyptus trees was planted in the 1950s, negating the possibility of native habitat returning on its own. The property also was threatened with the possibility of a shopping center and parking lots. The meadows were acquired in 2000 by the OVLC with an outpouring of community support to protect them. Most of the $1.35M came from 140 citizens and businesses, who demonstrated their commitment to preserving the meadows’ natural beauty. Flood waters from Nordhoff High School and Maricopa Highway were diverted onto the meadows bringing wildlife back to the area. Native plant restoration is an ongoing project.

Before the walk, I will have copies of my book, Medicinal Herbs of California, available for sale and signing. A number of plants that we will 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.

Paid registrants will receive a confirmation email with parking directions, what to bring, etc. Afterwards, they will get a follow-up email with a list of all plants and wildlife seen. No dogs or smoking, please.

Please use the REGISTER button at top or bottom of this page to sign up before clicking on the PayPal link at bottom of the page to secure your space. The PayPal cost includes their fee. If you prefer, when you register you may request instructions for mailing a check for $25/person.

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Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
$25

Organizer

Lanny Kaufer
Phone:
8056466281
Email:
register@herbwalks.com
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Venue

Ojai Meadows Preserve
1601 Maricopa Highway
Ojai, CA 93023 United States
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