Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve seeks volunteers to support partial reopening

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MURRIETA – The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 39400 Clinton Keith Road, in Murrieta is seeking additional volunteers as it recovers from the Sept. 4, 2019, Tenaja Fire and the COVID-19 closures.

Except for the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area, the reserve has remained closed to the public since the fire to help protect those sensitive habitat areas damaged from the fire, and cultural resources exposed by the fire. Plans are now underway, however, to partially reopen the Hidden Valley and Vernal Pool trailheads, located on Tenaja Road and Via Volcano Road, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the fall.

To do so, the reserve is seeking to recruit over 100 adults, ages 21-64, to serve as trailhead, gatekeepers and trail protection volunteers. The Sylvan Meadows trailhead will remain open daily Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the support needed for the partial reopening, the new volunteers will be included on the list for other future volunteer opportunities at the reserve.

Assignments will consist of three-hour shifts between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Applicants should be aware that certain assignments may require a 2.5-mile, round-trip hike into designated volunteer posts. All volunteers will be required to complete a RivCoParks’ application and background check that requires fingerprinting, participate in volunteer training, adhere to COVID-19 related social distancing and face mask mandates and sign a liability waiver.

To receive a volunteer application, send an email with subject line “SRP Volunteer” to programs@santarosaplateau.org by Sept. 30. Visit http://www.rivcoparks.org for additional information about county parks and the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

Submitted by Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.