By: Fabiola Torres
Besides the general duties in the office, this position has given me the opportunity to participate in plenty of outdoor activities, including hikes and other educational activities with volunteer groups and the general public. These activities are key for conservation by providing the general public information about land use and getting them to fall in love with natures beauty.
Cache Creek Wilderness – Redbud Trail
Just on the first month of work we guided a bald eagle hike from the Redbud Trailhead into Cache Creek Wilderness. The monument hosts one of the largest wintering bald eagle populations in California and these educational hikes are popular with locals, students, and visiting recreational users. We have had 30 people join us on these hikes. John Ciccarelli, who is the BLM audiovisual lead for California, recorded and interviewed some participants on the hike. Click HERE to access his article on the hike.
Berryessa Peak Trail
I co-sponsored an activity with Tuleyome, a local friends group of the monument, on March 10-11 at the Monumental Hike & Campout on Berryessa Peak Trail. Berryessa Peak trail is rated as “Difficult” by Tuleyome, it is 14.5 miles roundtrip and with 3500-feet of elevation gain. Twelve people participated on this hike, but around 10 people were also seen using the trail that weekend. I got the opportunity to talk about the monument and the native flowers that were blooming on the trail. I’m pretty sure the group felt really inspired by the Spring scenery. I felt so sore for a few days after the hike, but it was worth it!
These are only some of many trails that the national monument offers, all of them go through unique sceneries and will give you different experiences.
Earth day gave us the opportunity to visit the Ukiah high school and participate at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Earth Day Fest with a Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument information table. We also promoted the Every Kid In the Park program, created an Earth Moss ball with an educational component, hung out with Smokey the Bear, and participated in other fun activities at both events.
Keep an eye on our future posts to see what else I’ve been up to at the monument and what other great opportunities can Hispanic Access Foundation offer to its interns.