NEWS FROM WHF
We are looking forward to a busy fall full of fun events, including our bi-annual Auburn Ravine Creek Cleanup on Saturday, September 15th and Trivia Night on Friday, October 5th!
Please click the link below to sponsor or buy a table for Trivia Night!
Darla Guenzler, Executive Director
YOSEMITE LAKE CONSERVATION AREA
The 400-acre Yosemite Lake Conservation Area (YLCA) is located on the western shore of Yosemite Lake, three miles northeast of the City of Merced. Permanently protected with a conservation easement held by WHF, YLCA’s vernal pool landscape provides important habitat for several listed and other special- status species, including California tiger salamander, Swainson’s hawk and San Joaquin kit fox. In addition, the YLCA provides biological functions in support of a vast regional system of vernal pool and grassland preserves.
-Kelly Velasco, Associate Director
GOATS AND SHEEP: NATURE’S LAWNMOWERS
Grazing is one of many tools that WHF utilizes to manage approximately 27 preserves throughout Northern California. Goats and sheep are used for their ability to eat almost any woody shrub or plant, especially invasive weeds such as yellow star thistle. By eating dry weeds, they help reduce the risk of wildfire, protecting the preserve area and the homes around it.
-Sarah Wood, Field Technician
*photo courtest of Star Creek Land Stewards
MEET OUR SUMMER INTERN REBECCA HERRERA
We are happy to have Rebecca Herrera join the WHF team! Rebecca first interned with us last summer and she continued her internship this summer through a special Training Apprentice Program (TAP) grant from the California Council of Land Trusts. Rebecca is a biology major at Consumnes River College and she has a special interest in conservation biology. Among other tasks, Rebecca helped develop an educational pollinator program that has been used for summer camp presentations, and has been monitoring WHF’s storm drain cover program in Sun City Lincoln Hills. In her spare time, Rebecca can be found kayaking, camping and hiking. eronica Griffiths, Education Coordinator