(LEMON COVE, CA) - With a milder 2022 fire season–an improvement for Tulare County over 2020 and 2021, at least–SRT was recently able to reopen its Homer Ranch Preserve for public access. Homer’s weekends-only schedule effective November 1. The annual summer and fall closure protects the preserve from wildfire, a particular hazard given its characteristically steep terrain, to the degree possible.
“SRT welcomes the public back for weekend-only visits and asks that visitors remain mindful of the fire hazard given that technically California no longer has a fire season, but a year-round threat given our shifting climate,” said SRT Marketing and Communications Director Aaron Collins. “Our hope is to be able to maintain public access, which visitors can help assure through responsible behaviors, such as following the rules posted at entrances to all SRT preserves.” Smoking, fireworks, firearms, campfires, drones, confetti, and a number of other items are prohibited.
Homer Ranch Preserve is noted for its dense sycamore forest and steep hillsides. This historic ranch property is located on CA-245 just a couple of miles north of SRT’s Dry Creek Preserve and Dry Creek Nursery, where native plants are propagated for SRT restoration projects and available to the public for purchase, with sale proceeds that help support SRT operations.