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