Land Trust Hike
Perfect Weather, Great People, Unparalleled Vistas, Outdoor Education, Picnic Lunch, and Rejuvenating Exercise=A Napa Land Trust Adventure!
We were lucky to have Mike Palladini; Land Steward Manager, and Kimberly Barrett; Corporate Partners, from the Napa County Land Trust guide an exclusive hike for our Auberge Associates.
We meandered through a portion of the Dunn Ranch-Wildlake property. The Land Trust acquisition began in 2006. At the time, a majority of the property – roughly 3,000 acres – was owned by the Wildlake Hunting Club, a private group of hunters who had been shooting deer and other animals on the property for years.
By the end of 2008, the Land Trust raised enough to purchase Wildlake and the adjoining Duff Ranch, which had come up for sale. The properties total more than 4,000 acres that are now protected from development forever.
Describing this land as untrammeled would be an understatement. Saved for an old hunting camp and a dirt access road, the area is almost entirely wild. Records indicate there was limited grazing on parts f this land in the 1920s.
Biologists have recorded 10 different vegetation habitat communities and more than 350 different species of plants. The area births four different springs, including Bell Creek, which provides St. Helena’s drinking water. Black bears have been spotted by a shallow lake near the old hunting camp.
A hike with the Napa Land Trust is one of the many activities included in our Auberge Resort and Spa Adventure Guide:
To schedule your trip around a Napa Land Trust hike please check their calendar of events:
Land Trust of Napa County is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving the character of Napa by permanently protecting land. Established in 1976 by seven founding members, today the Land Trust has 1,700 active members and supporters. In their 36-year history, they have completed over 150 projects, protecting more than 53,000 acres of land – 10% of Napa County.
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