Volunteer Stewardship Day
Grove of Old Trees, Occidental
Thursday, August 17, 2023
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You're warmly invited to lend a hand at the Grove of Old Trees! This 48-acre redwood grove in west Sonoma County is protected forever. A flourishing habitat that's beneficial for plant, animal, and human communities, your stewardship action is crucial to tending the land for a healthy, thriving Grove. Trails are crucial to safe access to nature, for both land and people. They also help reduce erosion and overuse of sensitive ecosystems. At LandPaths, our trails are people-powered, and we need your help maintaining them on these occasional stewardship days.  The more people that come out for this trail stewardship day, the more we can get done! Plus, tending the land with like-minded people is a guaranteed mood-booster!   

Here’s a sampling of possible tasks that you will do to care for the land: 
  • Hiking moderate slopes  
  • Carrying tools to the trail site. Tools range in weight, from light to heavier 
  • Removing vegetation with rakes and loppers 
  • Reshaping edge of trail with shovels, mcleods, and pickaxes 
  • (We provide the tools!) 
  • Smoothening trail with shovels and rakes  

Where to Meet:  At the main parking lot for the Grove of the Old Trees (17599 Fitzpatrick Ln, Occidental, CA).  Staff will be on-site to meet you and walk into the grove where we will introduce ourselves, talk a bit about the Grove and safety, and then hike to the work site.  

Directions: Make your way to the town of Occidental and look for Coleman Valley Road – the main road exiting the West Side of town. Continue along Coleman Valley Road until the road makes a sharp turn to the right.  Go straight (do not continue on Coleman Valley Road).  You are now on Joy Road.  Take Joy Road for approximately ¼ mile where you will turn right on Fitzpatrick LaneProceed slowly on this narrow winding lane. Please remember to give right of way to vehicles traveling uphill. Stay on Fitzpatrick Lane approximately 5 minutes; the road banks to the left over a cattle grate, and up a moderately steep hill. The Grove will appear on your right. Follow the paved road along the Grove to the parking area on the right.

If you are driving from the local area or know others attending this workday, to your comfort, please consider carpooling to reduce the vehicle impact to Fitzpatrick Lane.  Thank You!

Does rain mean the workday is cancelled? The stewardship workday will move forward if there is a light drizzle, but a torrential rainstorm will cancel.  Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7am the morning of the stewardship day if the weather feels questionable. If you don't hear a notice of cancellation on the outgoing voice message, the stewardship day is moving forward.   

What should you bring?  
  • Picnic lunch, snacks & plenty of water, backpack to hold your gear 
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy 
  • Long pants recommended  
  • Your own workgloves   
  • Hat and sun screen  
  • Hand sanitizer and mask 
What else do you need to know?  
  • A handwashing station will be available. 
  • No experience necessary! 
  • We'll provide the tools. 
  • Expect to do a 0.5 mile round hike around the mostly flat loop trail.  
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver. 
  • There is no restroom at the Grove of Old Trees. 
  • No potable water available on the property. Make sure to fill up your water bottle ahead of time.  
  • No pets or smoking. 

Thanks for your support!  We look forward to seeing you at the Grove!
Your Friends at LandPaths & Friends of the Grove (FOG)

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¡Gracias por su apoyo! ¡Esperamos verte en la reserva Grove of Old Trees! Tus amigos de LandPaths y Friends of the Grove (FOG)