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Located in the Sacramento Valley, the Jepson Prairie Reserve is an island of remnant natural prairie in a wide alluvial floodplain used primarily for agriculture. The reserve protects one of the best few remaining vernal-pool habitats, which are found only in the western United States and few other places in the world, as well as precious remnants of native bunchgrass prairie that once covered one-fourth of California. The site provides the only known home for the federally threatened delta green ground beetle and federally and state endangered Solano grass. Altogether, over 400 species and 64 families of plants, including 15 rare and endangered plants are found on site. The reserve land is owned by the Solano Land Trust; UC Davis provides a supporting role in reserve management.

Docent Program: Walking tours are held each year from mid-March to early May at the Jepson Prairie Preserve, located south of Dixon in Solano County. The Preserve protects a portion of the last remaining vernal pool grasslands of the Central Valley. Easy, docent guided walks past rain filled pools and through its mound-dotted landscape will yield glimpses of the past with views of rare and endangered vernal pool shrimps, colorful flower displays of its unique flora and remnant stands of native perennial bunchgrasses. Tours begin at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.  For more information and an up-to-date schedule, please visit solanolandtrust.org.

Contact: Solano Land Trust Volunteer and Education Office for Special Tours, Docents Program, and Group RSVP’s at volunteers@solanolandtrust.org.

 

Contact: Dr. Virginia Boucher for research and university instruction.
John Muir Institute of the Environment
109 The Barn, University of California, Davis, CA 95616;
Phone: 530-752-6949
; email: vlboucher@ucdavis.edu

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