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National Public Lands Day - Sept. 29, Lake Calavera
People all across America celebrated, National Public Lands Day “helping hands for America’s lands”. Activities at the preserve included the participation of local cub and boy scouts hosting nature and preservation education displays along the trails. The scouts provided information on how to use a compass,” leave no trace” hiking, protecting water sheds , native plants, the geology of Mt. Calavera and pet safety while hiking. Other volunteers planted native plants at a one-acre native habitat restoration site and cleared overgrown vegetation along the trails. Overall 118 volunteers donated 295 hours improving the Lake Calavera preserve and raising public awareness about how to protect this great natural area within the city for future generations to enjoy.
Saturday trail work - Oct. 13, Old Rancho Santa Fe Road Trail
Partnerships with Carlsbad’s business community is one of the ways that local companies provide support to the trails in Carlsbad while also participating in great teambuilding efforts and outdoor physical activities. This was the case for the October Saturday trail volunteer event, when thirty employees from Taylor Made Golf partnered with regular Citywide trail volunteers to spruce up the trails near Cadencia Park, including the Old Rancho Santa Fe Rd. trail. Trail improvements provided by volunteers at this Saturday work event included:
• building new timber stairs at the trailhead at Fire Station No. 6 at the Bobcat Trail
• repainting preserve signage in the adjacent Rancho La Costa preserve
• installing 4 new trailhead signs near La Costa Ave. side walk trailhead at the south end of the trail, and new signs at the Cadencia St. trailheads.
• 120 hours of volunteer service for the trail improvements
Huge kudos to the Taylor Made Golf company team who made a huge difference supporting this event.
Saturday trail work - Nov. 10, Rancho Carrillo
The trail work on this particular Saturday morning began a little damp, as the first rains of the season occurred the prior evening. However, that did not deter a few hardy volunteers who came out to provide trail maintenance work on the ever popular trails near Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Volunteer work completed at this trail event included:
• installing 8 sections of wood post n rail fence at the Leo Carrillo Elementary School trail head. The fencing was installed to deter students from eroding a side slope at the trail head as well as to deter litter and protect the adjacent landscaping next to the trail.
• Placement of 6 cubic yards of decomposed granite installed in various ruts and along the trails east of Melrose Dr. ( north side of the open space corridor)
• Boy scouts from Troop 716 also hiked the approx. 2 mile El Fuerte Rd. trail in nearby Bressi Ranch and provided litter pick up resulting in clean and more enjoyable trails and open space
Saturday trail work - Dec. 8, Lake Calavera Preserve
There’s always something to do at the Lake Calavera Preserve!
A cloudy, misty and gray morning did not deter the generous holiday spirit of 30 volunteers of all ages, and abilities. Improvements provided at the preserve by volunteers at this event included:
• planting 175 one-gallon native plants to assist in the restoration of coastal native habitat
• Installing approximately 70 linear feet of garden pavers for a section of single track trail on the Monkey Flower trail. The pavers will allow a section of trail to be more sustainable and usable during the upcoming wet winter months.
• Litter pick up on approximately 4 miles of trails resulting in a dozen large trash bags of garbage hauled away by city parks crews
This event was a great success due to the assistance and extra special volunteer efforts of Habitat Restoration Sciences and Dudek Environmental and Engineering experts, who provided training (and extra volunteers) on the correct way to plant native shrubs.