Rosemont Preserve: Current Projects
AFC and the Crescenta Valley community created the Rosemont Preserve in June 2012. Since then, we’ve been working hard with local volunteers to turn the land into a resource for the local community. Here’s a list of what we’ve been doing.
- AFC formed an advisory committee called the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve. Composed of dedicated volunteers from the local community, the Friends are developing volunteer-driven restoration and education programs at the Preserve, in addition to managing access to the land. The Friends have a big hand in every project on this list.
- We’re working with local scout troops and a local elementary school to develop programs and curricula that will bring kids to the land. Curriculum is currently being developed at Mountain Avenue Elementary School to educate students in the local ecosystem, as well as in plant and wildlife identification. A Girl Scout troop is helping with a tree-planting project, and we’re discussing possible projects with the Boy Scouts as well.
- We’re planning events for the local community. Soon, we’ll be inviting you to join us for tours of the Preserve, bird-watching excursions and star-gazing nights.
- We’re restoring the Preserve’s native tree canopy by planting 60 new trees. Rather than bring in saplings from elsewhere, we are growing the trees ourselves from acorns and seeds collected by volunteers at the Preserve, to ensure that the trees will be exactly the type that would have grown there naturally.
- We’re developing a trail that will be ready this spring. The trail will be planned by AFC’s consulting biologists, and built by volunteers.
- Our biologists are creating a management plan to guide restoration and use of the land.
- We’ve held three restoration days so far as part of our effort to remove invasive plants. The project was featured on the front page of the Sunday Glendale News-Press, and in the Crescenta Valley Weekly. We’ve also hosted the California Conservation Corps for invasive removal.
- An environmental engineering class at Harvey Mudd College has developed ideas for replacing intrusive county flood-control structures on the land with a more attractive alternative. We are in the process of considering their ideas with the county.
Have an idea for the preserve that you don’t see on this list? E-mail the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at firstname.lastname@example.org and suggest it!