How do wetlands protect land and water?

Juniper Flats has seeps, springs and riparian wetlands. This article explains some of why protecting them is important.

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Originally, wetlands were thought of as wasted land that could be drained for agriculture, building housing developments and other structures. Even the word “swamp” implies that they are areas with little meaning. The truth is, wetlands are a crucial part of the earth’s ecosystem, one that we cannot do without!

water lily pads in a wetland Water lilies, cattails and other plant life thrives in wetlands, and become an important part of the ecosystem. Lilies provide homes for insects, and calm waves; cattail roots are used as food for muskrats. Credit: SV Fisk

In the late 1980s, wetlands were recognized for the services they provide to our environment. Wetlands provide flood control, improve water quality, and are a vital habitat for wildlife. They are a huge part of the “Earth’s Kidney’s” – to read more on that, click here.

What exactly qualifies as a wetland? Wetlands are transitional areas between land and water ecosystems. The…

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Are wetlands really the “Earth’s kidneys”?

Juniper Flats has some wetlands that although small are high quality. This article explains part of why protecting them is in everyone’s long term interest.

Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!

Yes they are!

Healthy kidneys filter wastes and water from your body 24 hours a day. They never take a break. Soil works the same way for the earth – at least when it’s healthy.

Water from rain and snowmelt moves through the soil. When there is a heavy rainfall that water runs across the soil surface and downstream. Gentle rains soak into the soil where it is available for plant roots to take it up. But in most climates, some of that water eventually flows through the soil to the groundwater or to a stream.

stream in foreground, mountain with snow in background Streams, like this one in the Rockies, accept snowmelt year-round. Credit: SV Fisk

As the water moves over or through the soil, it can pick up particles or chemicals present in the soil. For example, excess fertilizers from lawns or farms might be picked up. Bare soils are a big source of soil…

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BLM Kiosk A – Grape Vine Canyon Rd. – Juniper Flats – San Bernardino County, California

    Kiosk A is a starting point for many of the hikes that members of the Friends of Juniper Flats enjoy.  The area includes access to Riparian woodlands with native grapevines and stunning views.  Kiosk A is located on Grape Vine Canyon Road (JF3225) that traverses from the High Desert Floor to Rd 3N14 … Continue reading BLM Kiosk A – Grape Vine Canyon Rd. – Juniper Flats – San Bernardino County, California

Sunset & Moon Light Hike – 6 pm Saturday August 25, 2018

Come join us for a Easy to Moderate 3 mile hike to Arrastre Falls. The hike will feature Arrastre Falls and a view over looking Victor Valley during sunset and full moon. We will walk down into Arrastre Canyon and along Power Line Road in Juniper Flats Recreation Area to experience the sights and sounds of the Mojave Desert as the evening approaches.

Successful Restoration Project

On Saturday May 18, 2018 nine very hardy volunteers worked together for 4 hours to help improve the safety and visual experience of visitors to Arrastre Waterfall (the "Falls" as it is often affectionately called). A sharp turn along Powerline Rd (JF3330) has not only become an eyesore, but also a safety issue. Recently the … Continue reading Successful Restoration Project

Safety, Habitat and Visual Resource Improvement Project

Friends of Juniper Flats respect and admire the beauty in the Mojave Desert, and our volunteers make a difference. In addition to cleaning up trash left by others and blown in, volunteers do "restoration" projects.  Last year we completed several projects including the   Restoration Workshop April 8, 2017 and the National Public Lands Day Project.  … Continue reading Safety, Habitat and Visual Resource Improvement Project

Arrastre Falls Trail Head

Friends of Juniper Flats

Arrastre Falls Trail provides an easy hike to a permanent riparian area overlooking the Victor Valley of San Bernardino County in Southern California.  Although the falls may be dry during the summers of drought years, the area still supports cool, lush vegetation.  I enjoy visiting the falls after a long day at work or when I only have a few hours to visit a natural area on an otherwise busy day.

Arrastre Falls View from Top of Arrastre Falls looking North Towards Victor Valley

There are two trail heads for the falls.  Both provide a short and easy hike to Arrastre Falls.  When time and energy permit, there is also a more strenuous path up the ravine behind the falls.  Climb to the top of the rocks over the falls for a fantastic view over the Mojave Desert.

Bear Valley Road and Central Rd

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These directions start from the intersection of Bear Valley…

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