Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9 a.m.: Fourth Annual Mickey Long Desert Field Trip: Piñon Hills: We will visit a private Arroyo and Foothills Conservancy property in the eastern Antelope Valley, in the general vicinity of Piñon Hills between 248th Street and a private road south of Fort Tejon Road. It supports a desert woodland of California juniper and Joshua tree. A rich diversity of desert shrubs is distributed over the property. Except for adjacent dirt roads, no significant land disturbance has occurred for a number of miles on any side of the property — it's in nearly pristine condition. A visit in June 2012 found 27 native plants in bloom, and we hope to find many more on this April trip.
Directions: Meet 9 a.m. at the McDonald's restaurant adjacent to the I-15 and 138 intersection. Leader Mickey Long.