Just in time for Earth Day, a new public trail near Rohnert Park shows visitors how ecological restoration unfolds over time, as pasture and grasslands are gradually converted back to a stretch of riparian forest.
It may not be apparent to casual visitors, says Laguna Foundation Executive Director Munroe, but the replantings and other ecological restoration efforts along the new Discovery Trail represent hundreds of hours of work, in a project that will remain ongoing for several more years.
Within the Laguna channel itself, some corrective measures are being implemented to discourage the proliferation of the invasive aquatic plant, Ludwigia. Wendy Trowbridge, Restoration Director for the Foundation, says this approach is being tried after earlier efforts to eradicate the weed were unsuccessful.
The Laguna Foundation is hosting two public walks on the new trail on Saturday morning, April 23, but reservations are required.