Join Sonoma Ecology Center staff to learn to interpret fire landscapes at Scribe Winery on Arrowhead Mountain, which burned in the October wildfires. We will be watching for special “fire follower” wildflowers, assessing burned trees and learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes.
This property, protected in 1995, is on the Sonoma-Napa County border east of the City of Sonoma, with the hills behind the winery running up to the county boundary. It protects the scenic landscape and allows for some agricultural use. We will ascend the hillside on a rough fire road to reach the chaparral zone at the top, where we will explore the adaptations and responses of this plant community to fire.This is a moderate to difficult 2.5-mile hike, with a 600-foot elevation gain. The terrain is uneven with areas of loose rock and soil. We may pass through brushy areas, with brush along the fire road presenting possible exposure to ticks or poison oak.
There is no charge for this outing, as it is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax. The Fire Recovery Walk series is also paid for by the Sonoma Valley Ecological Fire Relief Fund. Donations to this fund — dedicated to fire education, active response and prevention — are gratefully accepted at https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/sonoma-valley-fires-fund/. Reservations are required online by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.