The Fire Meadow
The Fire Meadow is part of a mixed oak woodland above Inspiration Point at Alum Rock Park. There was a small fire there about 5 years ago. With the reduced canopy, there was a chance for weeds to take over large parts of the area, and thistle was rampant by the time we inspected the area. Because it was upslope from our Inspiration Point restoration, it was a candidate for a new restoration.
With plenty of volunteer labor, we have cleared this newer restoration area, and are now seeing the return of natives to the area. We have large populations of Hedge Nettle, Soap Lily, and Pacific Sanicle. We have also seen a few Ithuriel’s spear. In 2014 Central Coast Wilds nursery donated 60 trees to our restorations and 56 of those trees have been planted at these two restoration sites as well as a new site at the top of the Todd Quick Trail. To protect the trees from browsing be deer, we have installed a number of plant cages. We have also propagated several hundred other natives from seed gathered at the park. These include various grasses, flowers and shrubs.