We’ve officially begun construction at Dry Creek Preserve and Homer Ranch!

March 3, 2011

The parking lot has been graded and lined with decorative perimeter boulders and gravel collected on site. Illustrated interpretive signage is in process, with concepts being developed by three talented local artists: Matthew Rangel, Kacey Fansett and Andrea Cooper. The first phase of planting the native plant demonstration garden is happening this weekend. Trails have already been designated and prepped and await further attention from volunteers (sign up for the Trailblazing Bonanza on 4/16)! Community Boy Scouts are constructing directional signs (there are still many more projects for aspiring Eagle Scouts). And construction on wheelchair accessible bathrooms begins very soon. We are very grateful for the pro bono work completed by the following generous friends of SRT:

  • Cliff Ronk at Quad Knopf  who designed the leech field and septic system for restroom
  • Thom Black, architect, who completed the design of the gateway pavilion and is working on the observation deck design
  • Manuel Olivera who has been consulting with us on how to make the preserve more accessible for individuals with special needs.

We hope you feel a sense of pride too about the fact that Tulare County is about to have two new nature preserves. But we need your help. We need your volunteer hands to help us plant gardens and blaze trails. And we need your financial support. We’re working on the details for a buy-a-brick campaign and hope you’ll factor us into your monthly budget planning in the next couple months. Please stay tuned for your opportunity to buy a brick with your name on it and leave an indelible memory on the establishment of these spectacular preserves!

Location of the native plant demonstration garden that will feature the water-saving beauty of our valley and foothill native plant species. A trail will wind through the garden and around a natural seasonal wetland (noticeable in the middle of this photograph).

Looking out at where the bathrooms and caretaker's quarters will be constructed. Beyond that is the newly graded parking lot.

This is the view at Dry Creek Preserve from the observation deck that will be constructed this month. It looks out on the floodplain and the backside of Terminus Dam.

The poetry of construction...