Help Improve Trails on the Land
Ocean Song-Myers Preserve, Occidental
Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
Leader(s): Steven La Gatta (Facilities Lead) + Erin Mulligan (Ocean Song Land Steward)
We're gearing up to rebuild a bridge on the Beeman Loop trail, a crucial access point for one of Ocean Song's main trails. You'll help us move all necessary lumber from the barn down to the build site. This will look like walking lumber down in pairs, a couple of boards at a time. The walk is ~15 minutes each way, and the boards range from ~16'-20', so it will be a pretty physical day, but it is a beautiful walk with a great view, and you'll be in good company.
This will be the second of two days dedicated to staging materials for this project, so if we finish early then we will pivot to other, related tasks in and around the build site (clearing vegetation, other light forestry tasks, etc).
Note that we're not building the bridge on this day, only staging lumber and other materials.
Where: Ocean Song-Myers is the 800-acre protected preserve in west Sonoma County stewarded by LandPaths. The land is the ancestral territory of the Southern Pomo people and the Coast Miwok people since time memorial. The land is vibrant with native coastal grasslands, canyons, ponds and streams, mixed oak woodlands, redwoods, and a habitat garden that benefits pollinators, birds, and humans alike.
Where to Meet: We'll meet at 10am at the large, red-roof barn next to the dirt parking lot.
Directions to Ocean Song – From the town of Occidental, head west on Coleman Valley Rd for 1.8 Miles. At the stop sign, turn right to remain on Coleman Valley Rd and continue an additional 3.4 miles to the main entrance to the preserve (19100 Coleman Valley Road), which will be on your left. Look for the LandPaths' sign in the driveway. Staff or volunteers will direct you towards the barn and parking area.
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 to Bring With You:
- Picnic lunch, snacks & plenty of water, backpack to hold your gear
- Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy
- Long pants recommended
- Work gloves
- Hat and sun screen
- Hand sanitizer and mask
What else do you need to know?
- You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
- No stewardship or volunteer workday experience is necessary!
- There is a restroom on the property.
- There is no potable water available on the property.
- No pets or smoking.
- No overnight camping allowed at the property.