"Grasslands are not a drive-by landscape. Unless you get out in them and observe, you will never understand how diverse they are and how much is going on above and below the soil surface. From microbes to vertebrates, there is a big reward when you take the time to explore. That’s what I love—the reward of finding another mystery every time I look. "--Jeff Wilcox, CNGA Board Member.
California's native grasslands are incredibly diverse and biologically important ecosystems. Yet grasslands remain one of the most under-protected of California's vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state, including much-publicized losses in wetland and riparian systems.
Visiting California Grasslands -Reprint articles from Grasslands Journal
Windy Hill and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves and Cache Creek Natural Area by Andrew Fulks, Grasslands Summer 2014.
The individual profiles in this 2003 Guide to Visiting California's Grasslands were written to open the readers' eyes to the diversity and natural beauty of native grasslands, to provide specific information about each site's ecology and management, and to make it possible for you to visit native grasses in the ground. All of the locations included are publicly accessible grasslands. The profiles will tell you how to reach the site, best times to visit, what to look for, and where you may find similar sites.